As educators, we need to understand that what is typically traditional is not always the most effective method. Sir Kevin Robinson discusses the epidemic of ADHD and how it is a fictitious epidemic. Although I believe there are students out there who do suffer from ADHD, I believe a lot of students who receive this diagnosis are just products of the current education system. Most fifth graders spend 90% of their time working at their desk either quietly or individually. This fact does not promote creativity. In fact, it promotes hyperactivity, since students are not able to receive input from their physical environment. Neil deGrasse Tyson says that from the day children are curious, we try to stifle them. In school most students learn the following phrases: be quiet, stop playing, stop running, and stop talking. These phrases tell students not to be creative, not to explore and not to be collaborative. I think with a redesign of education, we may see a decrease in the number of ADHD students.
The last topic that Sir Kevin discusses is the idea of divergent thinking. Divergent thinking allows for multiple right answers. However, this ability decreases as students move through the education system. I believe if we want students to be prepared for the 21st century, we need to develop and encourage divergent thinking. CEO’s have requested that their future employees have the ability to problem solve and to have creative solutions. To ensure that students are prepared for this workforce needs, students will have to be experts at divergent thinking.