The Element Essay

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The Element points out many different insights to finding your element. The book explains how finding your passion is important for ones self-confidence in exploring your personal passions. “How finding your passion changes everything” is Robinson’s belief and I will discuss this further. Along Robinson’s lines, I believe that intelligence and creativity help relay the message to someone who is finding their “element,” i.e., passion. The pressure of student’s success in standardized testing is connected with their fear for the future to go to a good college. Robinson states that, “given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” (Robinson 47) I also disagree with the common norm in modern contemporary education regarding standardized testing because I believe that such tests are only able to access students abilities as test-takers. Standardized testing fails to take in account individual students’ talents and abilities and therefore should not be the parameter of how we evaluate student success. Furthermore, Robinson points out that “creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” (Robinson 73) In addition, “making fresh connections to see things in new ways and different perspectives”. (Robinson 77) Robinson discusses many examples on how creativity is important. That is, whether you are writing a book, building a house or even throwing something together for dinner. All these things come with creativity. I again agree with Robinson’s assertion that creativity should be treated with

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