How many mistakes can you find in this video?

This video is going viral, but while it sounds and looks great, the amount of mistakes in the movie is too difficult too count.

As Casper pointed out on Twitter the opening quote is already something Einstein never said, followed by the school kills creativity-meme, crude comparisons.

But the biggest surprise comes in the end where suddenly the question is asked how to make education more effective and efficient? For most people this won’t sound bizarre, but it is to me because it’s actually the same fallacy he accuses the education system for. Hidden in the video is a very neoliberal, hyper-individualistic point of view.

At the same time he handy forgets or cherrypicks all the good stuff education has done, even the role education has played in getting him where he is now.

Is education perfect as it is? Surely not.

Is the caricature you get in this video correct? Luckily not.

Will this video be shared a lot? For sure.

Will it help education? Not so sure…

P.S.: a little extra bit. This TED-Ed lesson seems pretty appropriate to combine with this video:

6 thoughts on “How many mistakes can you find in this video?

  1. The unholy alliance of “Performance Poets” and corporations seems to be the order of the day. I work with video and write poetry and strongly object to how people are manipulated by films like this. It’s superficially glossy (as also in the “poetry”) and when linked to really top production values makes something look slick and believable but it ain’t. There’s a similar campaign where more “Performance Poets” are used to sell banking services (written word poets wouldn’t touch this thing with a bargepole). See here for comparison: Sentiment selling banking services. Good blog. People need to know when they are being manipulated and call it out for what it is corporate advertising. Hardly squares with pretending to stick it to the man now does it?

  2. Hmmm; from their website: To shake up the old ways of education we created an education concept called EDUCYCLE. It’s a modular learning kit built mainly out of renewable materials. It is an interactive, holographic simulation where children can alter the virtual landscape.

  3. Wow, lots to pick at there. I’ll just mention that Finland has testing that is extreme and high-stakes. Students write for days on end, and their educational (and professional) futures hinge upon their performance. Teachers are steeped in CONTENT learning as well as “methods” training and they are extremely selective: only 10% of applicants actually make it into education school. So yeah, they’ll perform well. But for all that, they are still nowhere near the asian powerhouses. It is simply false to assert that Finland outperforms all other nations educationally. For a short while they dominated the Western Hemisphere but still lagged Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and the big Chinese educational performers — and it wasn’t even close.

    Whenever educationists here try to use Finland as an example of testing I bring up their do-or-die tests that make our standardized tests here look like mini-quizzes. I ask if they’d really like to advocate, with me, for Finnish-style testing in Canada? The most common response: they change the subject.

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