46 thoughts on “How to Change Education – Ken Robinson”

  1. Videos on creativity

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.)

  7. I agree completely with Sir Ken that we need educational reform. But reform takes a long time, and many of us have kids NOW. That is why it is up to all of us to help kids retain and grow their creativity. My TED Talk on Creative Parenting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEa11FZwTRY

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Mr.Robinson talks about the ideal education that needs ideal teachers and ideal students. Wake up, where do you find them? What about those that prefer laziness and a joint?

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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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  18. Economic: "We expect education to facilitate growth and stimulate our economy, yet we are still operating under systems designed to support the Industrial Revolution."
    Cultural: "You need a broad curriculum, not just STEM, to be able to meet our cultural goals for education: tolerance, understanding, and a sense of identity."
    Social: You don't restore confidence in political processes simply by talking about them; you have to mirror democratic values within education. He added, "If you design a system of education on a very narrow conception of creativity and capability, don't be surprised if not many people benefit from or participate in it."
    Personal: For Robinson, this is the linchpin on which the economic, cultural, and social purposes of education rely. He argues that schools need a richer conception of ability so that all students can connect with their natural aptitudes and be in their element.

  19. I came across this video as part of a discussion board assignment in my sociology class. Apart from the AWESOME animation (i've always wanted to illustrate/animate/draw like that), i love the way that Sir Ken Robinson explained our incorrect way of educating. I'll definitely be watching more videos.

  20. I think that Mr. Robinson shares a common point of ignorance when it comes to the subject as to why people don't really go and vote anymore (8:13). It's not so much because they take democracy for granted. For most people that I know (including myself) it comes down to not knowing who and what to vote, because I don't feel my interests and needs sufficiently represented by any candidate or party that I get to choose from. Being able to raise my hand once every couple of years, and – from that point on – having no control or say over what happens with my vote, is not my idea of a democratic system.

  21. The ideas addressed by Ken Robinson are inspiring and to my mind helpful to teachers who are concerned about their students success in the classroom.

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