The most watched TED talk of all time is Sir Ken Robinson’s, How Schools Kill Creativity. Watched over 26M times, this 2006 video sparked a global conversation about education in the world today, and how we might improve education for the future.
About Ken Robinson: Hailed as a “visionary cultural leader,” Sir Ken Robinson has worked with governments and educations systems in Europe, Asia and the USA, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations.
In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999.
Sir Robinson was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisers to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.
In 2003, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts.
“Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.”-TED.com
Thoughts & Questions for Discussion:
• Why do you think this is the most watched TED talk of all time?
• Wait – isn’t the US behind in math, science, and reading? PISA Scores
• What are top test scoring countries doing differently? Correlations
• Is math, science and reading all that matters? Ken Robinson
• Are falling test scores a good thing? Forbes.com
• Test scores vs entrepreneurship – what matters more? Yong Zaho
• Does home schooling provide a more well-rounded education? Home schooled facts
Ken Robinson’s talk & the start of “HackSchooling” and “Unschooling” movements:
When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. His TEDx Talk:
Read more about Unschooling Here: http://unschoolery.com/defined
“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” -Sir Ken Robinson
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