For people familiar with trends in progressive education, some of what he talks about will sound familiar, but he’s wonderfully well-organized and a good speaker. He’s also quite critical of overmedication for ADHD, which he regards largely (but not entirely) as an artifact of schools’ need to medicate kids to regulate their behavior (and one might add, the existence of drugs– other than Nyquil and gin– to do so). I especially loved this line:
Attention deficit increases as you move east across the country. People start losing attention in Oklahoma, they can hardly think straight in Arkansas, and by the time they reach Washington, they’ve lost it completely.
As an ex-Southerner, I find this delightfully anti-Southern. (I expect Sir Ken isn’t from Manchester.)
The other thing I really like about this talk is that it presents a wonderfully updated version of graphic recording, something I’ve spent years working with. (If you’re not familiar with the practice, David Sibbet’s new book, Visual Meetings, is a terrific overview.) The animators, Cognitive Media, are essentially scribing the talk, but do so with greater than a live recorder can, and they make judicious use of animation as well. The result, I think, is pretty cool.
They’ve got many more animated maps on their blog, should you care to take whole morning off.