Ken Robinson Wants A Radical Rethink of Our School Systems

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, challenges the way we’re educating our children. Ken is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation.  He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere.  The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries. For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus.

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element:How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

This animated video is from a talk given at the Royal Society of Arts by Sir Ken Robinson.

About Marion Witte

Marion Witte was born and raised on a farm on the prairies of North Dakota. It was there that she acquired her Midwestern work ethic and her philosophy of helping others. Marion enjoyed a successful career as an entrepreneur, and upon selling her various business interests she began pursuing a life of philanthropy. She is passionate and outspoken about the need for radical changes in the way we view children and parenting. Her memoir “Little Madhouse on the Prairie” relays the story of her life, and it is the basis of her commitment to this work. She founded and manages the Angel Heart Foundation and its sister organizations “Next Generation Parenting” and “Brave New Leaders.”

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2 Responses to Ken Robinson Wants A Radical Rethink of Our School Systems

  1. Editor-In-Chief says:

    This is one of the most exciting presentations I have ever seen about the need to change our educational system. As an educator, I totally agree, and I am going to share this link with my colleagues.

  2. melissa says:

    The current educational process emphasizes critical thinking, but creativity is an equally important skill to cultivate. While critical thinking emphasizes analysis, creative thinking get you out of the box and is the means for generating new, innovative ideas. Isn’t that what we need to problem solve in key areas such as social reform, personal relationships, and business building?

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