The Telegraph is reporting that Heston Blumenthal, who was diagnosed with a hyperactivity disorder at the age of 50, has criticised the outdated school system for stigmatising “special needs” children.
The celebrity chef said that students will only learn to be creative if they are taught not to be afraid of failure, but warned that they are being turned into robots by a Victorian-era system that “measures the crap out of everything”.
Blumenthal was learned that he suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) earlier this year, told Times Education Supplement: “Kids with ADHD tend to be put in the special-needs category, and they’re stigmatised.
“That’s because the schooling system was created in the Victorian time – the Victorians measured the crap out of everything.
“When people say you have ADHD, they think you’re throwing things around,” he said.
“But it’s not: it’s that one thought comes in and knocks another one out temporarily. When I’m working, it’s fantastic: I can have 20 webpages open, with two projects, and keep joining the dots and making connections.
“But I accept that, possibly, possibly, it makes me a little difficult to live with. You go upstairs and come down with something you were looking for six months ago. But you forgot what you were looking for in the first place.”
He said that rather than trying to teach children to be creative, teachers need to “Remove the straitjacket of fear. Of fear of failure. And then creativity happens.”
Do you agree with Heston that we need to change how we treat SEN students? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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