ERIC Number: EJ863917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Reference Count: 0
From Compulsory to Compelling: A Whole New School for a Whole New Mind
DeGarmo, Jacqueline; Turckes, Steven R.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v75 n3 p56-61 Nov 2009
In his book "A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future," Daniel Pink uses the traditionally held beliefs about the cognitive functioning of the left and right hemispheres of the brain (left: logical, sequential, mathematical, etc., and right: intuition, creative, artistic, etc.) as a metaphor to postulate that a new era is emerging that requires a new way of thinking (right-brain thinking) to prepare for, and be successful in, a quickly altering, profusely automated and globally determined future. It would follow that those who are responsible for America's K-12 educational programming and cultures insist on the transformations of form and function that will best promote and nurture this new way of thinking. Until Americans recognize a new generation of right-brain thinkers--who Pink calls "the new business elite"--to power the learning business, it will take inspired educators and whole new schools to propel America into the Conceptual Age. Pink describes six transformative skills that he believes are the most vital in navigating this new Conceptual Age. The themes of (1) design; (2) story; (3) symphony; (4) empathy; (5) play; and (6) meaning, he believes, are essential for America's future world where skills that can be outsourced or reduced to programming code will no longer be enough. Pink's practical guidebook of skills and exercises provides a healthy outline for school program and facility design principles that can and should be considered by every community and by every school. The six transformative skills are discussed.
Descriptors: School Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Figurative Language, Facility Guidelines, Programming, Holistic Approach, Educational Change, Lateral Dominance, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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