In my AP art history class today, we watched a couple videos by the RSA (royal society for encouragement of arts)- a 258 year old charity designed to promote social change and awareness. It might have nothing to do with art history, but our teacher is very good at throwing random things into the class that engage us and help strengthen our deep thinking and analyzation skills since that is what we do with art in art history. This is the first video we watched and I was completely absorbed with the lecture by by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert. It was on our present day education system in America and how it is not exactly working out for us. Having a mom as a teacher and hearing her get pissed off at the school system for not allowing her any flexibility in her teaching and with her students, I showed this vid to her and she wanted to watch it multiple times because she loved it so much. It is too traditional. Too stuck in the past. The system is very restrained and rigid- it says schools are to be the places where you can expand your horizons, reach your full potential, but students are experiencing a push for conformity by the schools and the government even. The part that resonated with me the most, was his thoughts on the “arts” in schools. And also how there is such a black and white outlook on intelligence within students.
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I'm from Florida, a junior at the University of Central Florida. Currently, I'm a political science-IR major. I'm an avid traveler and explorer of all things worth exploring. Hoarder of books and movies, and caretaker to my beloved camera and piano. I think conformity and math are terrible, but vegetarianism and nature conservation are awesome. Traveling is also a huge passion of mine. I thank my parents for that, as they took my two sisters and I around the world from the time we were in diapers; now I'll forever have the travel bug. I have a variety of interests from photography to theatre to the great outdoors. Growing up, I always felt an urge to get out in the world, explore and be actively involved in efforts dedicated to making changes in the world, impacting something or someone in a inspirational and positive way. It's important to notice what is happening in the world, to fight for what is good and what is right. As someone who is diagnosed with clinical depression and ADHD, I am an advocate for mental health education and thus one of the cornerstones of this blog is writing to inspire others;to say, whether it's through a review or a poem, that the human experience is a hard one but worthwhile. This blog covers entertainment, travel, current events and personal pieces as well. Thanks for stopping by! :)