Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award.

Also remarkable: Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk on How Schools Kill Creativity.

(thank you Larissa)

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  1. Made me think too, both videos. I didn´t know Ken Robinson, so thanks for introducing him to me :D

  2. Awesome! We just discussed this vid in our Information Culture class…followed by TED Talk: Larry Lessig: How creativity is being strangled by the law! (http://bit.ly/8bx0w). Things that make you go Hmm…

  3. That was friggin’ brilliant!

    BTW, I emailed Sir Ken Robinson after I watched that TED Talk and to my surprise, he emailed me back. We basically had the exact same upbringing, school-wise. Remarkable man he is.

  4. It was really excellent work! I just love it :)

  5. Divergent thinking is interesting and useful and I love it. As I do curiosity and enthusiasm. However, we do need, and thrive on, structure, routine and a common basis of understanding or norms as well. We need this as individuals and as a (global) society. That’s part of what school is useful for. Church used to be a part of our “synchronization”, too, but for many (western, industrialized?) countries this stable factor has disappeared.

    I suppose I am wondering what the constructive takeaway from this talk is. Maybe school should help us figure out what our individual role in the whole of any team or structure is? And help us excell in that particular role?

    Read more on school and creativity in Keith Johnstone’s “Impro” (1979), a classic for trainers, teachers, actors and directors. Vivid, insightful, and actionable.

    Great vid Tina!

  6. wow! this is mindblowing stuff! it’s so rich and insightful. very very powerful. thank you so much for posting this.

  7. for me ken robinson is THE most brilliant men of our lifetime.
    as a mother i would love to see his ideas in practice in the entire education system!
    thank you for sharing :)

  8. really great video! thank you swissmiss

  9. I agree with Tess. Sir Ken is very bright, witty, entertaining and mostly correct. However, I recall a laugh line of his that to me suggested traces of clay in his socks: he “conferenced” with his daughter’s French teacher, who worried that his daughter seemed bored in class, after ironically wondering why, presumably to the teacher, Sir Ken observed to us that millions of students in France are not giving up on French. As someone who taught in a public school in the past, I reacted viscerally to the joke and immediately felt the pain of the teacher.

    As a teachers we were annually treated to presentations from motivational speakers who had months and extensive resources to prepare an hour-long presentation, and who, after inspiring (or depressing) us, moved on to the next school with applause still ringing in their ears.

    The French teacher is teaching a foreign language to captive audiences that file in and out nearly every hour of every school day. If she has the requisite skill, charisma, enthusiasm, intelligence and stamina she can make every student feel involved and willing to put forth the effort to master some portion of the French language.

    I hope that those who are working to get government out of our lives will take a look at what standardized testing, paired with educational bean-counting and the consequent attacks on the people who work in our schools is doing to our society.

  10. Do you know who actually did the hand-drawn animation? Where can I track down someone to do a hand-drawn animation for a client of mine? Thanks! It’s brilliant.

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