Sir Ken Robinson

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” R.I.P. Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken Robinson, my favorite author, and speakers on the topic of change in education died this week. I have written many articles about him during my years in education and I’m sharing some of them here.

I recently read this article in Edsurge and decided to include it here. “I’m semi involved in a project where one of his book is being translated to Norwegian. I truly hope many educators, school administrators and policy makers read this book. Too many articles complaining about students failing these days. Too many articles about how we are failing our students and how the academic level is too low.  Not enough on what to do. Here is an example of what parents can do.


Robinson became famous worldwide in 2006 with his Ted Talk “How Schools Kill Creativity,” which now has more than 32 million page views on the TED Web site, with millions more views on YouTube videos of the same talk. His life’s work has been based on the belief that schools can and should nurture creativity in kids through instruction that is personalized and customized for the communities where students live. I talked to Robinson (who, incidentally, is very funny) about his book and his views of U.S. education reform. Here are excerpts of that conversation.

A revolutionary reappraisal of how to educate our children and young people by the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element

Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talkon the subject is the most viewed in the organization’s history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system. At a time when standardized testing businesses are raking in huge profits, when many schools are struggling, and students and educators everywhere are suffering under the strain, Robinson points the way forward. He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century. Filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, case histories, and groundbreaking research—and written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style—Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education. Source Amazon

Watch Sir Ken Robinson talk about the book here. Source The Brainwaves – A Video Anthology




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