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Another video and talk from Sir Ken Robinson on the need to change pretty much everything about education. The agrarian schedule and industrial management techniques are outmoded and do more harm than good. 

He gets off track pretty badly when he rails against ADHD meds, not realizing that they are not sedatives and do not desensitize the kids who take them: they’re stimulants. If they work, if they allow the person taking them to have better control of their brain’s executive function, to prioritize and manage themselves, they need them. If they make a kid (or adult) wiggly, they don’t need ‘em. What he should complain about is the overuse of adult-strength anti-psychotics and other behavior modifiers: those are dangerous. And their overuse is directly related to poor training, zealous marketing, and under-resourced school health departments and social services.