How to Change Education - Ken Robinson

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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Author Spike ( ago)

Author Tomiwa Aina ( ago)
I love how he talks, he could be saying utter nonesense and still sound intelligible

Author Andy Manole ( ago)
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.

Author Stephanie Segura ( ago)
I love this.

Author Aiona Teu ( ago)

Author Teach the Teacher ( ago)
Such a good video, i'll share with everyone i think it will help.

Author Janet Riggio ( ago)
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.

Author Joe Lonsdale ( ago)
Interesting but smug.

Author Steve McCrea The Posterman ( ago)
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

Author Elizabeth Anne ( ago)
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

Author Albert Bastarache ( ago)

Author Zinger ( ago)
Blah, blah, blah...answer the friggin' question on education already!!!

Author René Henriksen ( ago)
When it comes to education, people are people not machines or entities.

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Author Lilsamofro ( ago)
"you cant improve health standards by villifying doctors", well according to Mr Hunt you can...

Author Cydney Robinson ( ago)
I love this man's talks

Author Ninjacorn666 ( ago)
kebeb is not greek it's turkish

Author Lost Marbles ( ago)
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.

Author kikimarie07 ( ago)
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.

Author Luke ( ago)
I feel like I'm watching posh Michael Caine for some reason.

Author James Epp ( ago)
actually....the internet kinda was a government plan.......

Author Richard Coram ( ago)

Author Hans-Christian Bauer (771 year ago)
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.

Author Nerlene Sampson ( ago)
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.

Author Bubelmanen ( ago)
I wonder if I'm the only 16 year old here watching?

Author J brogly.decap ( ago)
what a bunch of new age bullshit

Author SCA Tutoring Center ( ago)
Hey guys! We would appreciate if you can take some time out and answer this question: What do you think is the biggest challenge facing public schools today?

Author Zoltán Mészáros ( ago)
The subtitles are full of mistakes.

Author galacticious ( ago)
Encouraging the masses to vote is fighting nature. Most people aren't interested and that's OK. Voting is as vocational as work itself. Don't pressurise people who aren't interested in politics to get actively involved in it. Leave political decision making to people who are politically driven. Just like we leave every other area of specialised human activity to experts.

Author Zoie3x8 ( ago)
'Getting back to the basics' requires taking a serious look at the root origins, and the reasons, methods, protocols, and purposes of public education - this involves looking at where the founders of public education got their inspiration; the prussian model of education. 

as long as we dress up, disguise, re-accessorize, rename and relabel, and fail to realize the core nature of the prussian education system, we will continue to produce crops of idiots who struggle to read, are incapable of doing even basic math beyond simple to moderate addition and subtraction, and are so in love with government, that they will indeed quite readily commit suicide at even the faintest, most vague hints of such actions appeasing the local government authorities to no measurable end.....

....and worse, we will also likewise continue to have not even the faintest hint of a clue, as to why everything about our society is unraveling at the speed of light, and going to hell in a shot glass (or medicine bottle, if thats your fetish).

The solution, is what has worked for 200 years before the invention of the prussian factory-model style of education.

the classical method ; Trivium, Quadrivium, apprenticeships and internships, and higher university subjects.

Author Richard Coram ( ago)
Thirty years I have heard all about the reasons U.S. schools are failing our children, and still not a day closer to solving the problem. The problem is that the "experts" just don't get it. Understand this; all branches of the United States military get it. UNIFORM. All you experts sitting at the roundtable, suits, ties are in uniform. Look at the countries who excell in producing intellectuals in math, science, and engineering, and you'll see their students are in UNIFORM! Uniforms end it all

Author Gary Brown ( ago)
I agree with everything this man says, but what other oppertunities do we have unless we follow the system currently in place, poor people have no choice.

Author nim parn ( ago)
60 percent of families don't understand what you are talking about. In laymans terms they don't understand the big words

Author Zamfir Channel ( ago)
woman want the right to vote, not necessary to cast a vote, which is their right to exercise or not.

Author Haitham Al-Sheeshany ( ago)
"...excite people about what you know - the great gift of a teacher" - thank you. 

Author Now is Bin ( ago)
In a short term period it is not possible to revolutionize the system dramatically, therefore, what we can actually do is to change the standardized assessment from evaluating the amount of knowledge one memorized and the accuracy one answers the questions into how well one applies the learned knowledge and relevant interpretation one can make. Taking exam should be a process of releasing one’s creativity towards what one loves doing, presenting one’s exciting ideas about what one is passionate of. The unusual and interesting one’s interpretation should be prioritized instead of how close one’s interpretation is to the standardized answers, This could not only develop one’s ability of thinking out of the box, but also reduce the unnecessary pressure made by intensive exams. Through this method, one could have the ability to chase whatever they want in a spontaneous way. This is rather important because student’s learning purpose has been changed from studying for the joy of life into preparing for the exams. Eventually exam is just a tool for teachers to know one’s academic performance. Instead, exam should be a tool that designed to help one get closer to the goal through allowing one to present own ideas and question teacher’s idea. We know what we want to do in the future, we just lack the how to get there.

Author rh001YT ( ago)
A whole lot of kids coming out of school do eventually cook up all the cool new stuff, but how can they be expected to do that right out of the gate?  And idea is one thing, but making it a product or viable service is a whole 'nuther thing. As the saying goes, 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.  Oh sure, Mark Zuckerberg came up with Facebook while still in school, but what an outrageous squandering of fossil fuels that is.  Might as well be internet porn.  This is typical Sir Ken nonsense - he cooks up a false premise and then runs with it.  If there is any lack of creativity, and I don't think there is, it is due to lack of emphasis on the basics, because it is from knowledge of the basics that all good, viable new ideas arise.  As for adaptability, there is a lot of adaptability, and the Kodak example was a cheap one. Often, the adaptation is brought about by senior members of a corporation as they are in the best position to see trends and to make the plans, often really huge plans, to adapt.  Take Samsung, for example...jumped into cellphones.  Microsoft jumped into the cloud - such jumps can be thought of by anyone, but only those already working in the industry, knowing what is and isn't possible, know all the tech details and have the connections to make such dreamy changes.  A student fresh out of college, even with straight A's, will not know enough of the details of, say, getting a whole lot of software in the cloud and getting customers to buy into it.  And it is not such an earth-shattering event that a company goes out of business - like a large tree that eventually dies, it's carcass becomes food for all the new trees, as well as insects, fungus, grasses, etc.   People, beware of Sir Ken types - they are mad, and don't really understand basics, foundations, the tedious details of processes, etc.  Most children are not voracious learners, and the speech example was dishonest. That children pick up language quickly is thought by the experts to be an ingrained ability, much like walking.  Learning to speak rudimentally is not difficult for children. Learning algebra and geometry is, and that's where we see that children are not voracious learners, although they do like learning about different candies and ice creams.

Author rh001YT ( ago)
Let me bring this discussion back down to earth - I shall ground it.  In the modern world, which is most of the world today, human life depends on petroleum, natural gas and coal for life itself. Even the food is grown and trucked to the cities with petro-fertilizers and gas/diesel. It is only the productive humans who, by turning fuel into useful products, keep it all going. Yes, of course the dockworkers are needed, they are part of production. Creative types who contribute to production are also needed, though less so, as we don't really have to have good looking autos and kitchenware - a plain design will suffice.  The reason we have a huge entertainment sector - no lack of creativity there - is that fossil fuels provide so much gain that not all people are needed, and the gain is so great that surplus money is in most pockets to pay  for entertainment. So the schools must focus on turning out as many productive people as possible for the survival of the population. The non-production oriented "creative types" have to compete for the surplus entertainment pocket money.  If schools put more focus on the creative types, at the expense of productive types, there would be less pocket money to sustain the entertainers and decorators. If you do not do well in school because you're the creative type, at least be thankful the schools are focused on productive types, as then there is pocket money for which you can compete. And please note, it is rather inconsistent to claim that school kills creativity, when science and engineering are extremely creative, and when we have a glut of entertainment and decoration. Quite apparently school is not killing creativity.

Author Raul Gubert ( ago)
really interesting, I will do my part...:-)

Author Daniel Cwele (624 years ago)
17:55 - 18:40

Author Marc Jiménez ( ago)

Author mamajo1964 ( ago)
I am on board...I am a teacher and I totally believe that children learn when they are excited to and about their learning. I really want to know and learn how to make this happen more for my children.

Author dick hughes ( ago)
The first thing that needs to be done to change education, is to take it out of the hands of teachers. At the classroom level, teachers are an essential. After that they are an obstruction. The mind set of most teachers is a close parallel to that of a secretary. They both read well and have a proven ability to communicate in writing. But imagine a Company run entirely by secretaries. Every one starts out as a secretary and moves up to marketing, sales, accounting, research and finally the Presidents chair and The Directors of the Board. What a disaster that would be; but that's education!! I am a thinking skills trainer. We have been raising IQ's and improving academic standings for four decades. Have you heard of us yet? Of course not, because teachers hate us.The average IQ of a teacher is about 109. They dread the idea of a body of children moving up the grade ladder and adding 5 or 6 IQ points each year. Nobody wants to teach a classroom full of kids with an average IQ's 30 points above theirs. Fidalgo Elementary in Anacortes, Washington gained only 18.6 points of IQ between 1988 and 1994 but the moment the teachers could shut that program down it was gone. The Principal, Chris Borgen became Superintendent of schools in Anacortes but there was no more brain training there.

Author zill ellah ( ago)
love his videos ..... i would say his videos on ted,s are on top and even better than many other bullshitter speakers who just talk about porns and stuff like that 

Author Felix Koschar ( ago)
Highly recomendet talk on what desperately needs to finally change about our education systems!

Author Tom Mole ( ago)
Excellent. The problem is that the people who are in a position to make changes - the politicians - aren't listening. It's much easier to stick to the old paradigms.

Author Tomas Pukalski ( ago)
“It takes a village to educate a child" joint effort of governors, teachers, parents, local business community and business people

Author xavier siby ( ago)
Here I am studuing for my 12th grade board exams and I find that the purpose of me studying is completely contradictory to my purpose of doing so... so sad.. :'(

Author James D. Brown ( ago)
create--adapt--teaching is an art form--engage your students-good stuff!

Author Julian Bolt ( ago)
Guernsey needs him too!

Author DoubleFantasyBermuda ( ago)
Bermuda would love to see Sir Ken speak on our island!

Author lspmd2 ( ago)
if u wish 2 find out a bit more about your children (or anyone) may I suggest getting a natal chart done. I opened up to astrology 23 yrs ago & it's been very helpful in understanding myself, my family & my grandchildren. I got a 30-40 page report 4 about $30 at astroenergetics  dotcom  There may be other good sites 2 get reports but I was very happy w/what I received. Just a thought. Respect, Mamma D "^_^"

Author Kosta Naumov ( ago)
Do we really need schools?

Author Emmanuel A. Awedam ( ago)
Very Insightful.

Author haoss5ice ( ago)
If I ever become a professor it will be because of this man!

Author robin vincent ( ago)
It is not what you learn but the way that you learn it. You can't base a learning
system on exam paranoia, the bigger the threat the less you learn.
See Dr Georgi Lozanov  and Suggestology for the answer, anywhere on the internet.

Author centurion180ad ( ago)
It is true that university actively destroys young peoples’ ability to be creative, but more horribly university passively destroys creativity by SCREENING OUT people that already possess imagination and creativity.

Author centurion180ad ( ago)
Charlotte Iserbyt reveals that modern statist education was never about industrialization or economics; it was about maintaining imperialist control by destroying childrens’ and young adults’ minds.

Author Aaron Santos ( ago)
Love it!

Author spiritcrusher00 ( ago)
And Samsung ja ja ja

Author spiritcrusher00 ( ago)
Sponsored by BMW ja ja ja

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Author Elivasfq ( ago)
Sorry Ken but the internet was invented by the government.

Author Mos Deffo ( ago)
I feel that you're kind of misquoting him, although you do raise a good point. He says it's revolutionary for a school district to supply (free of charge) an amazing new piece of technology to every single student. I agree with him.

Author Sonia Bannon ( ago)
The revolution has begun. And I agree you cannot have education without a teacher or a learner. How do these changes begin? With the teacher? But the teacher needs support and guidance, and perhaps professional developments should shift to a more personal/human experience. Students are individuals and so are teachers. There needs to be more thought put into the professional development and support for teachers.

Author Liam Steadman ( ago)
As much as I agree with Ken, sometimes kids just want to be left alone... let's let the introverts be introverted if they wish to be

Author Lisa Cooley ( ago)
They're busy preparing their kids for tests and to comply with standards and their principals are standing over them making sure they do. This is not on teachers; this is on every one of us who, by doing nothing, have allowed this test-driven system to dominate.

Author davidakadb ( ago)
its just an excuse to spend money

Author davidakadb ( ago)
its just an excuse to spend money

Author Daniel Arévalo ( ago)
I think it´s a matter of priorities.

Author Kitti McConnell ( ago)
It's a matter of know-how.

Author Daniel Arévalo ( ago)
I think its unfortunate though that teachers although while they find this inspiring, they usually don´t make these thoughts and conclusions a priority in their daily work.

Author Rik Konings ( ago)
Sir Ken Robinson encourages me to stand up for a revolution in the dutch education system that allready in the mid eighties was falling down and since that time hold up by a non-visionairie government.
No I am brought to court because I rescue my 17-year old daughter from the system. To prevent more harm in comming years and give her freedom to find her own way of development. I feel supported by the words of Ken Robinson and hope more people Iwill stand up for children and future generations.

Author probablechoices ( ago)
"You know nothing of my work. You mean my whole fallacy is wrong. How you ever got to teach a course in anything is totally amazing."
Finnegan Beginagain ;)

Author SIMKINETICS ( ago)
Apparently, you don't know about Marshall McLuhan's famous philosophical mantra for modern times; 'The medium is the message'. Although McLuhan wrote this nearly 50 years ago, it's proven to have been prophetic because many now realize it's relevance in assessing modern satellite-assisted electronic media, potentially including new modes of teaching & learning.

Author MrPetur4o ( ago)
I think that the point was not about the tool in and of itself; it was about the application of the tool for learning purposes (i.e. an enhancement of the teacher-learner relationship).

Author rith5 ( ago)
Well yeah, but no one is suggesting ipads are the fix, they definitely fit in. Children will be using the newest technology available, as they should be. iPads have a place in the fix, they aren't the whole thing.

Author Mohammad Mohammadipour ( ago)
I should appreciate if you could say..Persian

Author Collaborative for Teaching & Learning ( ago)
Love what Sir Ken says at the 14:24 mark, it's all about the teaching and learning and everything else is secondary!

Author Mark Horton ( ago)
Because it is to education what the jet engine is to long distance transport. You now have practical access to to most of the worlds knowledge and many of it's greatest thinkers and teachers on demand. This will seem a bizarre and nonsense question to those who were educated before home computers and the internet.

Author tarun ramesh ( ago)
People need to learn to intergrate technology into their life positively. There are plenty of apps that can enhance and help you manage your day. You just have to be creative about how to use it. An iPad can certainly being about a positive change if used correctly. The same with facebook, I use facebook as my news feed by liking useful and interesting pages and blocking status whores. Thats called using facebook to your advantage

Author tarun ramesh ( ago)
Its funny back when I was in school 5-6 years ago, I would say this all the time to my mum. Sadly she always took it as I hate learning.

Author PTUGA2 ( ago)
(Inspired on a comment i saw here)

I hate school, but I love to learn!

Specially, I love to learn by myself while I pursue my goals.

Author Jan Camus ( ago)
Schools are not synonymous to education. Education is as old as mankind itself. Schools were instaured by politicians and warlords who asked the religious orders to form individual youngsters into a standardized obedient group so to make good soldiers. As business took over the military style, including the hierarchy, the strategies, the terminology and so on, they obviously don't want schoolsystems to change as it would interfere with their need of controlling the battlefield, the market.

Author hellothere11 ( ago)
Wonderful talk -a clear problem and solution through rational thinking!

Author J.R. Haworth ( ago)
But the marketing taglines of universities that they are creating global citizens is painfully comical also... so Sir Robinson is very (partially) correct.

Author J.R. Haworth ( ago)
All great points, but the underlying assumption that we are successfully teaching students to be analytical and competent in the STEM fields is false...

Author yvan mcgregor ( ago)
Very important new link

Author iwanfishz9 ( ago)
The 1hour long video discussing this topic is private. Fuck...

Author Brook Brayman ( ago)
Go back to the 9:45 mark; he encourages creativity and originality; if you truly have those, you'll be your own boss and your own master.

Author cyberdreck ( ago)
so everyone is supposed to be a wage slave ? I remember about 30 years ago when everyone had decent pay. we had lower health care premiums. go ahead and complain about their benefits instead of demanding better. some of my teachers were so great others a waster of time.

Author Marvin D Hernández ( ago)
"MANY teachers don't know their subject matter." ~~> References please (2nd request).

"In my ... experience, an education degree often provides impediments to learning" ~~> What experience could you possibly have?

Seriously ... you have no idea what's involved in an education degree or what really goes on in or outside a classroom in terms of what things do or don't affect education.

Author CougarFanboy ( ago)
"..teaching is much more than simply knowing your subject matter"

Your statement is true with the acknowledgement that knowing the subject matter IS a prerequisite. In my observations and experience, an education degree often provides impediments to learning with counterproductive "solutions" like giving away free iPads, sensitivity classes, "new math", etc. These 'solutions' are emblematic of an education monopoly disconnected from reality. Btw, MANY teachers don't know their subject matter.

Author Marvin D Hernández ( ago)
... If that were true, bad lecturers would be a rare thing at the university level. Being a good teacher means knowing how to transfer your knowledge to students. That's what an education major studies in an education program and what the typical person with 'real world knowledge' lacks. Given a choice between hiring a person with a degree in (as an example) maths education versus an engineer, I'll take the person with a degree in education.

Author Marvin D Hernández ( ago)
Reread what you wrote :

"An education degree does not make one better qualified to impart knowledge as compared to individuals with real word experience and knowledge in a particular subject".

I completely disagree. Having a degree in education is not a guarantee of being competent. That's true in ANY field that has licensing or certification But what you fail to understand is that teaching is much more than simply knowing your subject matter. ...

Author CougarFanboy ( ago)
Well said. As the parent of a 12 and 14 yr old, I can assure you that the iPad, with all the games and apps is almost always a NET DISTRACTION from homework and learning. Teachers cheer this "revolution" because it mirrors the mindless "innovations" promoted by teachers' unions. Anything to deflect attention from the failures of public education. Can't fire bad teachers? Solution is to buy iPads!

Author CougarFanboy ( ago)
During the Wisconsin teacher riots, it came out that including lavish pension benefits and other perks, that the "average" Milwaukee teacher (36 yrs old?) was making the equivalent of $100k/yr, more than architects, engineers and other professionals. Some experienced engineers or programmers who wish to teach may be 'burned out'.. so what? They can bring experience and knowledge to teach that other teachers can't match. Without an education degree, the benefits and pay are 2nd tier

Author CougarFanboy ( ago)
Your "point" that real world education does not in and of itself make one a good teacher is a dishonest strawman on your part, as neither I nor anyone else claimed otherwise. What are indisputable facts are that a) having an education degree does necessarily make one a good teacher b) many without education degrees would make better teachers than those who hold education degrees. c) affirmative action in hiring educators is a reality which lowers standards d) there exists many bad teachers

Author alejandra peña ( ago)
I´d like mexican teacher listened to you but theirs beliefs are others ones, and just that is the most difficult to change.

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