This is a reminder about what school (and work) often becomes … and what it can be if we encourage more creativity.
It also reminds me a lot of the movie “Pleasantville”. The metaphor is different, but there are similarities in the use of color. If you haven’t seen this movie, you really should. The Japanese title is 「カラー・オブ・ハート」and it stars Tobey Maguire, a few years before he was Spiderman. Here’s the trailer. Fans of the “Fast and Furious” series (Japanese title: 「ワイルド・スピード」may recognize Paul Walker, too.
Pixar in a Box is free lesson series of videos and activities from Khan Academy about storytelling and making animated videos. Here’s the Introduction to Storytelling video:
If this interests you, go back and start with the introduction video to this lesson series on the Khan Academy site. These videos have transcripts, to help your listening comprehension.
This is a free course, and you don’t have to sign up to just enjoy it, but if you want to save your progress, sign up.
If you’re unfamiliar with Khan Academy, here’s Salman Khan’s TED Talk from several years ago, when the organization was just starting out:
1000 Awesome Things is a list by Neil Pasricha dedicated to “the simple universal pleasures that we all love but we just don’t talk about enough.” (Quoted from his TED Talk — here’s the transcript) Practice your reading and listening comprehension and getting inspired to make your own list.
Watch his TED Talk:
A sample from the 1000 Awesome Things:
#967 Illegal naps
#122 Using nature as a fridge
#194 When insects are struggling to do something and you help them
#912 Hanging your hand out the window of a car
No, this is not about the US president’s choice of songs for his inaugural ball (or Sinatra’s daughter’s reaction to it).
It’s about a 10-year-old boy in Japan who decided he didn’t want to be “the nail that sticks out and is pounded in” by following societal norms that made him miserable. He decided to do things his own way.
“Japan’s 10-Year-Old Philosopher, Published Author, and Grade School Dropout” (from Tofugu)
Reading this, I sometimes thought he was just being a self-centered pre-teen, and sometimes that he was a lot more self-aware than many adults I know. It’s complicated.
One great debate topic:
“I think schools should be places you can go if you want to. People who like schools can go to school, like my sister. It means school is a good fit for them. So, I’ve never thought about changing the environment in schools. I didn’t “fit” school, so I chose not to go. It’s that simple. What needs to change is “yourself,” not schools or other people.”
I also was not aware of the Rocket Project for Talented Children. It’s great to see programs like this in Japan.