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How to escape education's death valley | Sir Ken Robinson



Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

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Author Tim the Animator ( ago)
"All the evidence around the world is, 'If we all did that (fostering "alternative education"), there'd be no need for the alternatives'."

Just like how making the world easier/suitable for handicapped persons would make everyone's life more accessible and safer. Good word, Sir Robin. :)

Author Til Merkan ( ago)
Waldorf-Schools teaching exactly the way he wants to implement. Read it up and send your children there, if you want them to be proper human self-thinking beings (no irony).

Author Chris Manley ( ago)
Reminds me of Mr. Spivey. A true hero of mine. RIP. (6th grade)

Author Kathie Perry ( ago)
Finially someone with a "heart" and "MIND" for education

Author Jennifer Swanson ( ago)
the most frustrating thing is when your child doesn't care to do homework because the teachers have demonstrated they don't care if the student doesn't.

Author Mega Margaux ( ago)
Such an eloquent, inspiring and entertaining speech

Author Ali Berk ÖZDERYA ( ago)
I'm 18 but I still suffer from childhood.

Author Irgend Ein Name ( ago)
His speech after minute 16 is insane

Author Stunami ( ago)
Articulate and brilliant. Reminds me of the principles laid out in the public domain book "Education and the Significance of Life"—Krishnamurti

Author Deborah Ramirez ( ago)
351 clearly didn't get the message

Author Deborah Ramirez ( ago)
People need to stop clapping on TED talks. Gee let the man talk for god's sake!

Author Carla Caldwell ( ago)
I nominate Ken Robinson for Secretary of Education.

Author Ali Arsalan ( ago)
Great Talk 👏

Author BeggarsBelief ( ago)
'No Child Left Behind! No Child Left Behind!' 'Oh really, well it wasn't long ago you were talking about giving kids a Head Start! Head Start, Left Behind, someone's losing fucking ground here!' - George Carlin

Author Kartik Sharma ( ago)
There is a very strong magnet on that red spot.

Author Kutlu Fedai ( ago)
one of the Most powerfull speeches about Education and learning and the truth about it..

there are 3 people as he said
1)unmovable
the people of no change
2)the movable
the people of change
3)The Moving
the people who change..

we shall each and every one of us plan on how to be number 3 in this list and number one in Education..

ı too am a student who doesnt interfere my school life with my education,
thanks to the free situation i am in..
as i went to school i realized that it was like all the fuss was about bubbling some circles and thinking about how they want us to think with boredom..
but the true way of learning went through funness and exploring which few rarely did stepping out of the mainstream education..

the change will start with each and everyone of us brothers and sisters..
I am a Humane fella that Currently resides in the Turkish Republic
what i realized thoughrout my journay of thinking and becoming a true Student of Knowlage is that change happens when we become the change we want to see
Which starts with the process of reading..
My advice to the people who which to become a person that changes.. is read..
Read with thinking..
With exploring throughout your mind your soul..
Discussing the idead found in books..
Discussing with the thinking authors of all around..
Read a book a week..
About life about education..
About change..
Read the people you see as a change..
Read and apply to your life..
Apply to your environment..
Write about what you can do..
Must do..
Write about everything as it is said..
Every genuis has a notebook carried in his or her back pocket..
Write your ideas that erupt in your endless mind as you read..

Read write and apply..
Become the change we want to see in this world..
And sooner than maybe tomorrow
We will be the change With the world..
Thank you.. :)

Stay awesome stay thinking my awesome Mates..
We can achieve everything we believe we can..
We shall never forget that..
And there is none who changed the world..
With listening to the world..

With love With peace..:)

Author Jack Allen ( ago)
Why don't they teach meditation in school? It would change the world.

Author mauriano baruso ( ago)
I KNEW IT!~~~!~ THE EDUCATION BUBBLE WILL POP NEXT~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Author Jai Leal ( ago)
Amazing orator with insightful thoughts. We need more like him.

Author Mark Kuo ( ago)
Please make this guy Education Secretary

Author Manas Chopra ( ago)
make him worldhead of education and give a bottle of nutella for his awesomeness

Author CutestHeidi ( ago)
Education is a money making system here in Michigan. My son in kindergarten has far too many tests and homework. School steals the joy from children and ruins them.

Author whitemanwii ( ago)
I ended up dropping out of high school cause unfortunately there wasn't enough classes to go around, not iwth the amount of students pouring in, so I couldn't get enough classes to get the credits. But I wasn't opposed to it. a lot of what we were learning was just pointless... Music Appreciation was a required class.... like wtf... schools are just full of pointless useless topics and whatnot.

Author Florid Monkey ( ago)
Please stop clapping after every word! This brilliant man has limited time to speak to you!!!!

Author Chuen Chuen ( ago)
So inspired. It makes me want to learn something of Finland education.

Author Gavyn E ( ago)
It's really sad to look at the date on this and realize that absolutely nothing has changed for the better within education. This man should be the head of the education system.

Author JustinAkaDeadstuff ( ago)
is this guy a knight?

Author Darin P ( ago)
His pants are too big...anyways, continue sir

Author rahmath affrin ( ago)
school teach us what to think,but not how to think

Author Travel Man ( ago)
So what is this guys solution?

Author mazdarati2 ( ago)
I'm just really happy that I have discovered TED talks and that I'm able to get so much knowledge and personal growth in such a short period of time.

Author Goldengio 03 ( ago)
Now that we talked about school let's talk about money. This is a problem now yet no one knows it gas is being produced from cars, factories, and gas stations. Houses are also a problem what we could do is lower or better abolish money here's the opportunity of that. Lowering money could have a chance for people to buy electric cars and make gas stations into car charging stations. Factories would decrease to not build that much cars that needs gas and use less heat and less gas to waste. If you lower the price for houses there's a chance for less homeless people on the streets and have better rights for black people and be equal to others than being treated like they are still slaves. The more you think, the more you realize that money did not only good things but did the worse, thank you.

Author Marianne ( ago)
Yay, I go to school in Finland! But anyways, this was an excellent talk and I want that we'll do something to "open" kids's creativity again, I'm getting the impression that most schools just close it and shut it down. Every kid is talented and their talent is worth developing. Sometimes it can change everything in the kid's mind if someone says him or her just the right words at just the right time. Teachers can inspire people to do incredible things. To actually do and create.

Author Ping Pong ( ago)
What an amazing man!

Author Karen O'Hara ( ago)
"There is no system in the world, or any school in the country, that is better than it's teachers. Teachers are the lifeblood of the success of schools".
So true!!

Author Chansophop Kaing ( ago)
you know I'm in the process of dropping out right now. and his speech made me cry.

Author Aviana Y ( ago)
If you disliked this video, comment below your reasons why please
I'm interested, lets discuss

Author Brian Murray ( ago)
Very inspiring talk. Would love to hear feedback from teachers working in the embattled inner city schools with high dropout rates. Do they think teaching techniques will impact the dropout rate where they work?

Author ALICE BELYANINA ( ago)
Schools create the lower and middle class. They teach you to accept a office job in cubicle for the rest of your life. Not teaching you how to become a leader but a follower.

Author Nancy Metzger ( ago)
Much of what he described as the solution/revolution is what home education is alllllll about!

Author Tetyana H ( ago)
Brilliant 💖👍🏻

Author Alanna Cunha ( ago)
god i love this guy

Author Mai ryuzaki ( ago)
im still very greatful to my highschool teacher for showing me this video because i have come back to it so many times. One of my favotite ted talks.

Author CulturalCompass ( ago)
#EveryChildMatters

Author Shiloh Friend ( ago)
Brilliant! The line about suffering from childhood is so spot on.

Author Trevor Ji ( ago)
최근에 '인벤톨로지'라고 발명학에 대한 책이 나왔는데, 부제에 '눈엣가시들의 역사'라는 문구가 돋보이더라.... 언제나 교육은 우리의 창의력을 존중해줄까....

Author Redbatcave ( ago)
We waste more time in our education system taking map tests twice a year parc testing. Replacing teachers with subs so they can go to meetings. Students just want there teachers in the classroom.

Author New Think ( ago)
Don't teach what to learn rather how to learn and how to think

Author only me ( ago)
Great speech, we need leaders to be and to think like you, Sir Robinson

Author D Poet ( ago)
Educational Revolution <3

Author Numi Who ( ago)
Good Quotes:

On education: “It is not a cost, but an investment.”
On high school drop-outs: “It costs a lot to mop-up the damage.”

“Education is based on conformity, even though each of your children are vastly different.”

“If you set kids down to do low-grade clerical work, don’t be surprised if they start to fidget. They are not suffering from psychological conditions, they are suffering from childhood.”

“Teaching is a creative profession, not a delivery system.”

“I had an old friend, very old in fact, he’s dead – that’s as old as it gets, I’m afraid...”

He suggests individualized education, but even that fails in an inadequate philosophical environment that has not progressed beyond subjective values – meaning the entire problem is philosophical (everything always gets back to philosophy) (hence my developing an objective value-based philosophy, and a new philosophical landscape around it, which would not only guide education but motivate students).

“The problem with education in America is the ‘command and control’ system” where bureaucrats remove teacher and student discretion.”
“Learning in America is like sailing into a headwind (the current ‘system’) - it gets done in spite of the system.”

“Death Valley isn’t dead, it is dormant, waiting for the right conditions“ (an analogy for our student population).
“Great leaders know that.”

“Benjamin Franklin said there are three types of people in the world, those that are immovable, those that will move, and those that are movers, and if we can encourage more movers, that would be a Movement, and if the Movement is strong enough, that would be a Revolution, and that’s what we need.”

My Conclusion: If you have not adequately philosophically answered the Greatest of the Great Questions of Life, that of “Why bother?” then nothing you do will improve education or human life on earth, or our chances of survival in a harsh and deadly universe (just to give you a clue).

Author Teach the Teacher ( ago)
I love this video, thank you, I'm going to share this on my channel and with everyone I think it will help.

Author C Higs ( ago)
Robinson makes great points, ones with which many people agree. To get from where we are now to an improved version of the system that adheres more closely to what Robinson is saying, what action should be taken to make the actual change? Because change won't happen without acting upon good ideas such as the ones discussed in this talk.

Author Lechuque ( ago)
Venus Project is the only solution

Author Rob Fowler ( ago)
In a pervious lecture,. he mentioned that a degree used to mean a guaranteed job and it no longer does. He forgot to mention the cost of a degree has risen man times what it should be and once was. Is there a connection there perhaps? Oh wait. That's right. We Americans don't understand irony.

Author kaxitaksi ( ago)
16:35 The analogue with Death Valley is genius and describes our whole society which is a Death Valley in many ways and could be transformed positively if just give people the chance. This is a great speech!

Author Instinctual Rationality ( ago)
It would have been soo good if I was born in his family. He is one of the very few who actually "Thinks" about stuff.

Author Kylo Ren ( ago)
So wait we need to take government regulation out of something??? Like it can actually be a bad thing? Who would of thought

Author Namlee Jo ( ago)
Love my parents mom and dad a lot of homework thank you

Author CoolDrool666 ( ago)
I agree that childrens' creativity should be allowed more room and attention in the classroom. However, and I think Robinson touches on this in the talk, I think the key is to inspire critical thinking in children. Education as it is today in most parts of the world, as far as I know, doesn't really do this until the university level (and kids are capable of such thinking at a much younger age). If we not only say "listen kids, this is how it is", but also give them the tools to view information critically and as something that is not absolute, I'm hopeful that creativity would follow naturally and that it would lead to a more empathetic world, less filled with fear and hatred.

Author 최영승 ( ago)
I'm from South Korea. As he says, We spend a lot of money and time in education and think of it as an investment. But, the purpose is to help students to get high scores on standardized tests , especially " Korea College Entrance Exam". So, we evaluate teachers based on the number of their students who have succeeded in entering so-called "prestigious universities". I'm sure we don't educate students, but train them to be the best test-takers. It has nothing to do with "discovering creativity and distinct talents in each of us"

Author Bruce Porter Sr ( ago)
I'm probably older than he is, and I'm a HS dropout. I existed in school....just barely. Made it through 10th grade and left. I survived by reading. Some of my teachers made a deal with me, I could do anything I wanted if I didn't disturb the class. That was ok, but, they really could have helped me if they had suggested the books I read instead of letting me just read books that I could read in an hour that were fun, but provided no real education or stimulus. So, I ended up getting a BS, have more than enough hours for a masters with no reason to get it. Still don't have a HS diploma. And home schooled my 6 children.

Author Katerina Zissouli ( ago)
Great video! Thanks for sharing!

Author mariam ahmedzein ( ago)
I loved it once when my friend called from the states to ask about a pumking recipe, it was great, and thought it was the begging of admitting that so much happened since I got married. but he knew, it was serious, and we knew everything about this pumking in the world of essentials! The only time he got immpressed with what I was saying was when he heard me saying to sister in laW, about Codak they could be offered jobs to that number of people. She said they were 1 billion! He was laghing in tears sitting far on the couch!! He was emmbarrsing he heard it but she had this habit of telling thing about education when it was killing!

Author mariam ahmedzein ( ago)
I loved the way the full version of cooking programs developed on our public TV, it was aired only on weekends. My Ex. husband would go out for the day, Saturday and there is a simple meal on the table, nothing too fansy. He would too surprised how the Phone chat line stopped on a weekend. He tried that for a few weeks, quietly, then he stayed home for one weekend. He sat at the TV, and there was the WOLD of update on name of programs and their pick and never forget that contest around north america that lasted for weekend and tomatoe desert won at the end. It was very tragic and he though it was telling everything about what was happening.

Author Q0ET9U ( ago)
I find it strange that in an earlier video he talked about how schools are killing creativity. Now he's saying students dropping out of schools is a bad thing. If students drop out, then aren't they free to go pursue their dreams?

Author Lawrence Carson ( ago)
Everyone watching this should copy this URL ...and then email it to 10 teachers ... and the board of educators in your local school district. It is our responsibility to do that. If we could literally sacrifice the lives of 50,000 young men in Vietnam ... or who knows how many in Iraq or Afghanistan then why cant we sacrifice just two hours to do this and get this man's wisdom back into the culture of our country.

Author orangeflip ( ago)
this guy is pretty funny

Author Matt Butcher ( ago)
Why don't they film a fantastic lesson then and say do it like this....

Author Matt Butcher ( ago)
Did you ever notice that they tell us to engage kids and how do they tell us? By lecturing... do what I say not what I do

Author greeny309 ( ago)
gotta love that guy!

Author Jennifer Farley ( ago)
How did I miss discovering this gem of a man? This is fantastic.

Author Majestic Winter Flap Flap ( ago)
This is TEACHING in my school.... Teacher puts a presentation sais coppy this and goes on phone/PC.. and thats all nothing else at all

Author Bob Troller ( ago)
Brilliant talk!

Author Andrew Ens ( ago)
So what do I do now that I know that my education system is trash ;-;

Author Michael Silvia ( ago)
Ken Robinson hits every point dead on...

Author Arcticnerd ( ago)
So I just came from a different TED talk that went on about how critically important science and scientific thinking is for the modern world. I agree that our education system is a mess but I think we need to educated kids more in the stem fields.

Author edgarfig369 ( ago)
Well said

Author 90009kitkat ( ago)
I wonder what King Robinson would think of Sudbury schools... xD I think he'd like them :)

Author Alexis Rojas Cordero ( ago)
No necesariamente por forzar un niño desde los dos años, se desenvolerá mejor en la vida. Hay que dejar que la mente del infante prospere. Jugando también adquiere conocimientos. Los países escandinavos colocan sus niños a la escuela a los 7 años. No a los dos.

Author An Vi ( ago)
I don't get the joke in which he said "Many states in America... I was the only person there". Can anybody explain that pls?

Author Mervyn Sookun ( ago)
Einstein hated school but was a voracious learner ...

Author ruoweii ( ago)
the government needs to see this.

Author Angel Vera ( ago)
education is definitely an issue in the united states. my daughter is 10 and i had to teach her about the difference between countries and continents. she didn't even know Mexico was a separate country from the united states. So i started asking her what she learned each day after school, and she would ALWAYS say math for at least half the day then 15 minutes of reading then more online math. ridiculous. plus the fact that her curriculum is now common core, so i can't really help her with her homework because they use a different method of learning math. she used to be excited about learning but now she has reservations. she had been programmed to think learning is boring and tedious work. I fear for her future in school so now i am taking proactive action to make sure she is well rounded in her education

Author jal em ( ago)
They put me in special-ed so they could make more money off of me. And special-ed was them taking me out of class, putting me in a closet by myself, and leaving me there for hours or all day. They refused to feed me the extra food that they were throwing away, because I didn't have the money to pay for it. Then they told me over and over again how great America is and how evil the rest of the world is. Something HUGE needs to change. I say we need (Universal Basic Income). It's just my belief.

Author Carl Olson ( ago)
I have to disagree on the ADHD thing. I have ADHD, it's not just boredom and normal childhood behavior. I can barely get anything done. Anything that does not interest me I do not work on for longer than a few minutes. I will do literally anything to avoid work, even if it makes me miserable, even if it makes me hate myself. Even when I know I am ruining my life, losing large sums of money, losing the people I love, I do not do anything about it. I understand how ADHD must look to normal people, but it's not all fun and distraction and randomness. It's a real problem.

Author Shu Bethune ( ago)
majestic vs. jest vs. jet, "Secrets of Words --by Shu" Amazon

Author 0333aaa ( ago)
Teaching history before economics and psychology is criminal.

Author Le Klinch ( ago)
I can't take this clown seriously. Sorry.

Author Justin Dettloff ( ago)
3 years later and our focus is still on the damn tests.

Author king ( ago)
*The educational system is a system of enslaving the mind of teenagers with lies and untruths in every facet of the eductional system. Creativity and personal development in its widest range are being surpressed and elements like compitition, career and financial status are dictating the system*. I am not saying that those aspect are wrong, they only could be more in the middle range instead of being the main aim of the system. The school system is mind creating other mind, to glorify the mind is good in a sense because the mind brought us almost everything we have now, but people/students are so much more then their mind. If we dont watch out we become mentalslaves of these kind of institutions without even knowing it, that is wake i must wake up and tell you the *truth about the nature of the mind and life in general*. It is the only way to overcome the mental prison, thus the *truth* explains how life works in every facet, it explains the nature of everything, including the *truth* abou the mind. It is the only knowlegde that really is important. Google *TruthContest click on the earth icon and read the Present*

Author scott cance ( ago)
Damn where's all the american freedom in the education system?

Author Jacob Allen ( ago)
Let the teachers decide how the schools should run!

Author بتول العوامي ( ago)
we have to make this man the international minster of education , the world would be a lot , lot better

Author Daniela Mirela Popescu ( ago)
La muuuulţi ani de ziua EDUCŢIEI! Să reuşim să dezvoltăm ceea ce este mai bun în fiecare copil, după ce descoperim, fireşte!

Author Chris Ripplinger ( ago)
Very engaging and funny presentation, but ultimately he just spouted some theories that are popular enough people applaud. I'm not saying he's wrong, I'd just like some data to back it up.

Author Leonardo C ( ago)
Muy bueno.... !
Las charlas de Ken Robinson son geniales.

Author NO NAME ( ago)
Anyone else get depressed to thinking that this system he's talking will never actually happen

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