The idea that the education system is linear-actually it is organic-we create our lives as we explore our talents in relation to the circumstances they help to create for us-our education system has become obsessed with the linear narrative-sold ourselves to the fast food model of education and it is impoverishing our spirits and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies-So moral of the story-TALENT-It&#x2019;s about passion and what excites our spirit and our energy-so many people opting out of education because it doesn&#x2019;t feed their spirit (if you like something an hour feels like 5 minutes if you hate it 5 minutes feel like an hour)-Abraham Lincoln- &#x201C;The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew. We must dissenthral ourselves and then we shall save our country&#x201D; (1862). -&#x201C;Fundamentally we make very poor use of our talents. Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be or if they have any to speak of. I meet all kinds of people who don&#x2019;t really think they are good at anything&#x201D;. \n
The Premise- Education should take us into a futurethat we can not yet grasp.Why? Because ALL education systems are resultsoriented and predicated on the idea of academicability. ✦ Hierarchy of subjects: math at the top, arts at the bottom-steered away from subjects you like in school because it was taught you could never get a job doing that.Result- This model inevitably leads children away fromtaking chances. People take fewer chances becausethey are afraid of being wrong.Consequence- Educating children out of their creativecapacities, thus, stigmatizing their mistakes.
InnovationRevolutionize current industrial modalitiesof education.“Recognize that human ﬂourishing is not amechanical process but an organic process andyou can not predict the outcome of humandevelopment. All you can do, like a farmer, iscreate the conditions under which they willbegin to ﬂourish”.Sir Ken Robinson, TED symposium, 2008
SIR KEN ROBINSON MEETS SIR MIX-A-LOT• Objective- Create a summer arts program that consists ofmusic production and DJ classes. These free classes, builtaround a youth development framework, all integrate lessonsin creativity, project management, collaboration, andcommunity. The objective is to produce CDs that the youthsell for proﬁt as well as graduation ceremonies and publicperformances.• This project will give 13-15 year old boys and girls theopportunity to assume leadership roles within the program,assuring continuity and opportunities for creativedevelopment.• Instructors will be youth advocates, current educators andprofessional DJs within the community.
The East Austin Community • Predominately Hispanic• Average Household Income- $23,552 (2004-Austin City Data)