Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalised to every student’s talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.

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33 COMMENTS

  1. I feel like our school system watched this video, and a few others like it, and changed our curriculum to match. The freedom teachers have to educate how they want was surprising at first, then thrilling to see in action. My one son said he'd like to be a chef, so the teacher lets him choose cooking oriented projects, such as a book report on a cookbook. Then each student also gives their report orally to the class so everyone learns about each others interests.

  2. Absolutely inspiring throughout. But also pockets of quotable gems.

    Such as: 22:00 “Human culture is essentially unpredictable. It accumulates over the creative activities of individuals feeding off each other. That’s how organic growth happens.”

    I can think of several governments and several lawmakers who work on copyright law who need to hear that.

  3. More men as teachers! I was totally and wrongfully accused by a 12 year old girl of touching her and it ruined my career in education. I was not even allowed a hearing, but, it was put on my permanent record.

  4. Development isn't a historical entity that comes out of "nothingness" to please man, it is people that makes development, and it start in the "thought", which every man is born into. Wanna change school? Start by changing the mind of the children.

  5. corporations absolutely do not want actual 'creativity,' except at the top of the organizational chart. everyone else conforms, tracked by fitbits, mood sensors, and keyloggers. learning how to function in a soul-crushing environment is very much a part of education still. (creativity is the way out, true. but the vast majority simply won't be able to make their escape.)

  6. I have so much I want to learn and i truly care about my education but school continues to fail me and makes me feel stuck. School should encourage education, not make it seem like a job or something required by law. Make kids want to learn and make school about gaining knowledge on your interests.

  7. Why, long ago, education's administrators thought, (?) but in any way decided that there must be 15 week terms, for example, (semesters) during which students will be taught about 5 courses. DO STUDENTS LEARN BETTER THIS WAY. How about studying a single course for 3 weeks, 3 hours teaching ped day, for a total of 5 courses in 15 weeks, off course. Has this scheme been tried. It is very possible that this 'concentration' in one subject may be proved advantageous for learning, most all, when they go to work, they do one thing, anyway.

  8. children are not "organisms" but parent's interest with demand for specific knowledge. Children DO need help learning, that's the point of school. Personal life is none of school's business. Have some self-respect! Learning of EMC2 will happen ANYWAY without teacher?! LOL Yes kids will teach themselves! You people are brain-dead if you believe that

  9. ZOMBIES, you are being brainwashed. This globalist is attacking western metaphysics & tells you to capitulate & surrender your own western way of knowing & knowledge which created western civilization you are enjoying. You can't be original unless you FIRST acquired knowledge. Facts & Knowledge aren't enemy of education, they ARE education!

  10. His talks are so relevant for the challenges that we and our children will have to face in this century. And he's such a great speaker. It's no secret for anyone anymore that schools have become almost irrelevant for the job market. They're  not preparing the new generation properly for the new job market and they have to change the way they teach the subjects and even the subjects sometimes. It's a good thing that he emphasizes this with such great talent, so that maybe schools will change and graduates will feel useful for the job market once they finish their studies. Truly talented and with a great sense of humour.

  11. I teach art in an elementary school. Yes! I see what Sir Ken Robinson is saying. I have see this characteristic of students throughout the 28 years I have taught. I have the children for six years in a row. I am always surprised, in a way, how their creativity and desire to be unique minimizes. I do what I can to re fuel, motivate and encourage.

  12. Start at minute 14: Focus on the relationship between the teacher and student. Everything else should not get in the way of that relationship. Children are learning organisms. They are born with a voracious appetite for learning. We have to focus on the process of teaching and learning. Now teaching is delivering the national curriculum. Actually, teaching is an art form. It's not enough to know your stuff. You need to be excited and you need to fuel the creativity of students, to know the point of entry. You get it by a the flipped classroom. Stop lecturing people. "Turn to your neighbor" at Harvard. You get students in groups to learn from each other. Finally Harvard has learned what every good primary school teacher does: people teach themselves under the right conditions.
    If you are a teacher, you hold the tools of power in your hands. You can change this system yourself. You don't have to wait for anybody to do it.

    A school is not a component. It is a living entity that develops its own culture. If you are a teacher, you are the education system. If you begin to change your practice and you concentrate on the microclimate, you affect the whole. You change from the ground up.

    you are the system

  13. I'm 15. I'm going back to school in a week. & nothing stresses me out more than going back to suppressing everything I still wanna do w/ my life. But summer is over so my time is gone. Each time I complain about the controlling nature of the system my parents just say I "should try harder" "do extra this and that." Dragging me further from my point. Bc nobody wants to hear a "kid" complain. I've seen straight through our education system since I was 12 or 13 years old. Mainly bc I had different intentions w/ my life that had nothing to do w/ the systematic training I was getting. Honestly in the end I just want to wake up the older generation that claimed education helped them. To save our growing generation + the one to come. I have no doubt education used to help. but times have changed, as everyone complains about. & im glad at least this man followed all the way through. Seriously, so much respect. <3

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