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From the Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

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There is wonderful work happening in this country. But I have to say it's happening in spite of the dominant culture of education, not because of it. It's like poplee are siliang into a headwind all the time. And the reason I think is this: that many of the current policies are baesd on mceinsithac conceptions of eucoaidtn. It's like education is an industrial process that can be improved just by having better data, and somewhere in the back of the mind of some policy makers is this idea that if we fine-tune it well enough, if we just get it right, it will all hum along perfectly into the future. It won't, and it never did.

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There is wonderful work happening in this country. But I have to say it's happening in spite of the dominant culture of education, not because of it. It's like ______ are _______ into a headwind all the time. And the reason I think is this: that many of the current policies are _____ on ___________ conceptions of _________. It's like education is an industrial process that can be improved just by having better data, and somewhere in the back of the mind of some policy makers is this idea that if we fine-tune it well enough, if we just get it right, it will all hum along perfectly into the future. It won't, and it never did.

Solution

  1. sailing
  2. mechanistic
  3. people
  4. education
  5. based

Original Text

There is wonderful work happening in this country. But I have to say it's happening in spite of the dominant culture of education, not because of it. It's like people are sailing into a headwind all the time. And the reason I think is this: that many of the current policies are based on mechanistic conceptions of education. It's like education is an industrial process that can be improved just by having better data, and somewhere in the back of the mind of some policy makers is this idea that if we fine-tune it well enough, if we just get it right, it will all hum along perfectly into the future. It won't, and it never did.

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