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

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  • 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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Comments: 1 955

  • santh2003
    santh2003 3 days ago

    he is a "sir" for a reason

  • C Powis
    C Powis 6 days ago

    There's only two types of people in the world. The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe. ~ Britney Spears

  • ugo et
    ugo et 7 days ago

    Too many laughters and frequent applause are annoying and prevent this lecture..

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    "neither r protected" 'yah cause i told"

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    so annoying all that 100s theyd spend out for Therapy i need clothes new cell phone and shoes and a long back leather office chair

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    "medium sand' like when u have fun/work on the farm'

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    ...oh yahhh i love those n 'bleach"

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    "need some mid rise to sit on those Reeboks"

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    "didnt even Say.. Anything.." 'No problem! We can notify you when it is available"

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    "thats him???' 'no.. cargo belted.. 'lily unis." lolde

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    i woke about her telling me "that is a puppet 'they have no feet' its called Slavery. i no how to do u"

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    guess i dont get that polo from Hollister Co

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    also need winter jeans

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    thats it God!!! do it for me! sauconys i wanted seem to be gone so she put out a 7 n "REEBOK ZPRINT 3D - MEN'S" LOVE THEM

    • Nathaniel Radan
      Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

      Selected Style: Asteroid Dust/Coal/White/Black like hillary "note that for the record"


  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    "oh.. 'guhmeim ohm yahm WHUghm...' vegans lke daril id be forced to semi new balance lows" them originals jazz low Vegan vs other Saucony Shuus life

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    creepy night before im to call and check back on glasis order (new glasis) coming in... i dreampte i talkt to the 1 guy

  • Nathaniel Radan
    Nathaniel Radan 15 days ago

    thumbnail caption ".....'can he sleep in my bed?'," wud be a NO! that emma&ellie life

  • Steph Towse
    Steph Towse 15 days ago

    "
    If you sit your child down doing low grade clerical work don't be surprise if they start to fidget" - love it!!!

  • pemdas
    pemdas 16 days ago

    Preach.

  • Banana 9
    Banana 9 17 days ago

    When audience hears the end of the word is ending and the earths core had shattered (HAHAHAahHA)

  • Otherized Meme
    Otherized Meme 18 days ago

    who is this man's old dead friend and did he write any books?

  • Martin Cortez Ortiz
    Martin Cortez Ortiz 19 days ago

    I agree, meow meghan, serious educational change is not a laughing matter, Mr. Robinson's perspective on things or in the manner in which he presents them engages viewers on many levels, capitalising on humour and verifiable data. His MO presents a global crisis (entire educational systems in disarray) that is gaining momentum and has educational authorities scrambling for quick fixes, in a way that informs and reaches people through metered humour. His videos are informative and entertaining to the degree that you can watch them several times and learn something new each time. I salute you, and Mr. J. Baird (for posing the question), on your perspective of "why not both?", that is exactly the kind of thinking, that according to Mr. Robinson, needs to take place for things to begin to really change. Onward Mr. Robinson. Thank you TED TALKS for sharing!

  • MzDeWeezeR
    MzDeWeezeR 22 days ago

    This is so right on! There are so many quotable points and key ideas in this. Everyone in education or who has children should see this. I've seen many of his talks, but this is one of my favorites!

  • kostas kokkolatos
    kostas kokkolatos 23 days ago

    I wish I had him for teacher TBH.

  • Edvvn :D
    Edvvn :D 23 days ago

    The human mind is so pathetic. Everyone in this room, and everyone in the other Talks ive seen him do. They agree with him, big time. but still, nothing happens. Nothing! Someone has got to do something, God you cant just sit about and wait for someone else to do it.
    This guy is a genius. The world, and the future needs more humans like him.

    All humans need to get their head out the sand, you aren't an ostrich. You can fly.

  • EVIE ILES
    EVIE ILES 1 month ago

    Private pilot

  • EVIE ILES
    EVIE ILES 1 month ago

    MIA 2050

  • Sergio Privado
    Sergio Privado 1 month ago

    This man is a great and witty speaker but he is an idealistic that proposes a utopia. Schools are a reflection of society. The problem is not that teachers are not interested in what he says. The problem is that parents are not interested, authorities are not interetested. I would say that even many students are not interested. We want an education to have a degree to make money. Period. This is the real and widespread way of thinking. Their speeches consider education as an isolated element, unconnected with the rest of life. For instance, I have worked in a supermarket and I have worked as a waiter. I enjoyed these jobs very much. I can say they were my passion. But the fact is you can't support a family with 600 Euros. So, I had to study a degree. And I don't want any Finish to take offence but it is a statistic fact that alcoholism and suicide are a plague. I suppose this is a complex phenomenon but , do you think this has nothing to do wiht education? I prefer to drop out and stay alive.

  • Herbert Saegert
    Herbert Saegert 1 month ago

    so bad u suck u idiot im gay

  • bob40054
    bob40054 1 month ago

    THIS WAS THE WORST VIDEO THAT HAS EVERY CROSSED MY SCREEN

  • Jacobi Powell
    Jacobi Powell 1 month ago

    this sucks

  • 郭女王 Tofu
    郭女王 Tofu 1 month ago

    Curiousity. One line spoken by a Chinese teacher of mine when I was eleven made me strive to struggle through quadratic equations today despite my recent years of below average scores. And that is "math can be used to predict the future"

  • Debra Blouin
    Debra Blouin 1 month ago

    I think he speaks to a laudable ideal. However, there are skills, abilities, and knowledge spheres which are crucial to a solid educational foundation which are not fun or easy or naturally entertaining. How to make these areas engaging, or at least connecting them to a larger understanding of the reason for learning is the big problem.

  • Hash Frowns
    Hash Frowns 1 month ago

    It's funny how the overwhelming majority of people agree with this opinion, and yet the education system continues along the same path, only becoming worse.

  • jennifer young
    jennifer young 1 month ago

    Humor vs. intellect = public interest

  • Jazmine Waller
    Jazmine Waller 1 month ago

    The Great Sir Ken Robinson! Brilliant!

  • Carlucho
    Carlucho 1 month ago

    Facebook Page: OTRA EDUCACIÓN: https://www.facebook.com/Otra-Educaci%C3%B3n-1368931829841363/

  • marta JURGIEWICZ
    marta JURGIEWICZ 2 months ago

    Sir - you're the authentic spirit that makes me more curious and "under influence" of your wisdom. Pls. come to Poland:}

  • td fisk
    td fisk 2 months ago

    I love this guy, but it's such a shame that this reality has taken so long to surface. I was saying this in the early 80s. My first marriage I had two stepsons and the first day I took them to school my war with educators began. Our first parent/teacher meeting I found myself facing 7 people, it was so easy to see who they were and what their motives were. My first thought was, these people are stupid they need ten times more people to take me on, I was a new type of rebel.Then I proved it. Not all of my generation were drugged out Hippies. In no uncertain terms I told them that I am the first and last authority and I will die to protect them. Educators are so easily frightened, but then all bullies are. After the divorce I married and had two natural sons. I didn't bother with going to war with teachers again, I was already at war with our Homeowners Association dictatorship. So I homeschooled.

    The young lady in the other video of yours that let it all out at her graduation was a pure pleasure. I sometimes have to remind myself that the American young have always been a unique breed. They are often invisible with the occasional "troublemaker" appearing to be the exception. I know them well, I was one of them. My troublemaking days started when I went in the Navy in 1965, I was only 17. I dropped out of high school after failing the last semester of the 10th grade. School wasn't a good place for those with learning disabilities. So I learned that I had to teach myself. I was borderline illiterate, so I had to teach myself how to read. Finally, I read my first book at 21. I see today that there are even more children just like me, but worse having to endure abuse, degradation and indoctrination.

    A little example of just how much of a troublemaker I was, I had an interesting incident while on my 2nd ship in Key West, Florida. I think it was 1968 there were race riots in Miami. It had got so bad that our Naval Station were sending riot control and about 50 were to come from ship. I was an early pick because of my expertise and experience on my first ship in the Mediterranean. One night on midwatch I was with the officer who in charge of our riot detail. We got to talking and to my horror he said if the rioters give him any excuse he would order us to open fire. It really pissed me off, but I kept control. I tried to appeal to his humanity and professionalism, it didn't work. Finally I told him that if her did that I would kill him. We were silent for the rest of the watch. The next morning I was notified that the officer filed Court Martial charges for threatening to kill an officer.

    Those who distrust our military should really pay attention now. I knew I was facing at least 20 years in prison at Fort Leavenworth Naval Prison, infamous for its cruelty by the Marines. The ship's officer who was assigned to my case came to and said he received a message from JAG in Washington that the senior attorney, a full Captain is taking my case. He also said that the Navy and Marine attorney refused to volunteer to be prosecutors, they had to be ordered, very rare. It wasn't long that I learned the entire ship, including our Captain, were supporting me. One day I came up with an idea that I wanted sent to my attorney. I wanted to use the Nuremberg Trials Decision that following orders to commit an immoral act is no defense. I could see that can be turned to disobeying an unlawful order. Later that evening I learned that the tribunal voted unanimously to drop all charges. The officer in question was severely reprimanded and transferred. That was a very big deal because I realized that even though I couldn't read, it didn't I was dumb or incapable.

    I was robbed of an education in public school, but not by intent. Today our young are being outright assaulted. When I see so much abuse from schools, TSA and the courts I can't imagine why parents aren't protecting their children and why our society no longer protects out our children. It is a shame of the highest order. Teachers knew I would without any doubt that I would kill or die to protect my children.

    I've noticed that Britain, especially after Brexit vote, that more and more conservatives like Ken Robinson are going public. The Labor Party is really taking a dive, just like our socialist Party they falsely call the Democratic Party. The cleansing has begun, but it should have been at least 30 years ago.

    Thomas

  • Rohit Rajora
    Rohit Rajora 2 months ago

    A great public speaker he is

  • Luffy D
    Luffy D 2 months ago

    怎魔那魔多人笑2333

  • The Ultimate Reductionist

    Organisms, including humans, ARE machines.

  • The Ultimate Reductionist

    Parents - don't let your babies grow up to be Trump voters.
    I think that's in a song somewhere.

  • The Ultimate Reductionist

    No mention of BREEDING and the evils of BREEDING - forcing new organisms into existence WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION.

  • JWARD
    JWARD 2 months ago

    i love it how more people put their hands up for have 2 or more children than just have children.

  • Jayachandra N
    Jayachandra N 2 months ago

    this guy is wonderful; so funny and wise

  • Edith Boesch
    Edith Boesch 2 months ago

    The question is: Why is the educational system like it is today? There is a reason for it! The reason for it is that most of the gouvernments don't want our children to be creative! They want that the biggest part of the population stays formatted the way they want to have them, to be able to keep control over them! Imagine what would happen if a high pourcentage of the population would use there capacity of creativity? Would they contunue to obey the gouvernments as they do today? Would they agree with the decisions of the people who want to control us? So there are two ways: either the governments changes the educational school systems! or each one of us who already has a little bit of creativity has enough courage to use it to change this system! We have the choice!

  • Casian D'souza
    Casian D'souza 2 months ago

    Natural selection should eliminate any creature that is not wired to learn and adapt to its environment. Unfortunately the cultural environment many humans are born into stifles development beyond the confines of the community.

  • Casian D'souza
    Casian D'souza 2 months ago

    The culture of education is not separate and distinct from the general culture of society. To get away from a culture of conformity, the entire society has to be addressed by changing its institutions of conformity. That includes not only conforming to organized religions and clubs but also supporting a political party's values over your own personal values.

  • Adem Aydemir
    Adem Aydemir 2 months ago

    Great man

  • Xuan Huong Nguyen
    Xuan Huong Nguyen 2 months ago

    I'd rather have a system where no one drop out because people are having fun learning than a high-achieving but stressful one.

  • Emily Caballero
    Emily Caballero 2 months ago

    STOP APPLAUDING I AGREE BUT I HAVE A HEADACHE

  • Chotibunder77
    Chotibunder77 2 months ago

    So what does this teaching look like? How do we unlock children's curiosity?

  • Name Changer
    Name Changer 2 months ago

    Thankyou  Ken!   Yes, let us Trust! Trust the natural propensity for humans to  be curious, and so, learn.

  • Ranger Jauregui
    Ranger Jauregui 2 months ago

    Alfred Preachin'!!!

  • PublicEnemyNo1
    PublicEnemyNo1 2 months ago

    This guy needs help getting a suit that fits :p....great video though...

  • LovelyLivingDead
    LovelyLivingDead 2 months ago

    I am a junior in high school. I feel like I missed out on something greater; Many years of my life have been wasted. People who know me say that I'm smart, but I don't think I can make it through college. I am too miserable in school.

  • Isaiah Hansen
    Isaiah Hansen 3 months ago

    I'm already curious, I watch TED ED for fun

  • Shekaeb Wallizada
    Shekaeb Wallizada 3 months ago

    I wish someone would change America's education system.

  • E115
    E115 3 months ago

    Well I would say many Americans don't get irony. At least many young Americans.

  • Tim the Animator
    Tim the Animator 3 months 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. :)

  • Til Merkan
    Til Merkan 3 months 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).

  • Chris Manley
    Chris Manley 3 months ago

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

  • Kathie Perry
    Kathie Perry 3 months ago

    Finially someone with a "heart" and "MIND" for education

  • Jennifer Swanson
    Jennifer Swanson 3 months 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.

  • Mega Margaux
    Mega Margaux 3 months ago

    Such an eloquent, inspiring and entertaining speech

  • Ali Berk ÖZDERYA
    Ali Berk ÖZDERYA 3 months ago

    I'm 18 but I still suffer from childhood.

  • Irgend Ein Name
    Irgend Ein Name 3 months ago

    His speech after minute 16 is insane

  • Stunami
    Stunami 3 months ago

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

  • Deborah Ramirez
    Deborah Ramirez 3 months ago

    351 clearly didn't get the message

  • Deborah Ramirez
    Deborah Ramirez 3 months ago

    People need to stop clapping on TED talks. Gee let the man talk for god's sake!

  • Carla Caldwell
    Carla Caldwell 4 months ago

    I nominate Ken Robinson for Secretary of Education.

  • Ali Arsalan
    Ali Arsalan 4 months ago

    Great Talk 👏

  • BeggarsBelief
    BeggarsBelief 4 months 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

  • Kartik Sharma
    Kartik Sharma 4 months ago

    There is a very strong magnet on that red spot.

  • Knowledge Seeker_13
    Knowledge Seeker_13 4 months 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..:)

  • Jack Allen
    Jack Allen 4 months ago

    Why don't they teach meditation in school? It would change the world.

  • mauriano baruso
    mauriano baruso 4 months ago

    I KNEW IT!~~~!~ THE EDUCATION BUBBLE WILL POP NEXT~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jai Leal
    Jai Leal 4 months ago

    Amazing orator with insightful thoughts. We need more like him.

  • Mark Kuo
    Mark Kuo 4 months ago

    Please make this guy Education Secretary

  • Manas Chopra
    Manas Chopra 4 months ago

    make him worldhead of education and give a bottle of nutella for his awesomeness

  • CutestHeidi
    CutestHeidi 4 months 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.

  • whitemanwii
    whitemanwii 4 months 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.

  • Florid Monkey
    Florid Monkey 4 months ago

    Please stop clapping after every word! This brilliant man has limited time to speak to you!!!!

  • Chuen Chuen
    Chuen Chuen 4 months ago

    So inspired. It makes me want to learn something of Finland education.

  • Gavyn E
    Gavyn E 4 months 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.

  • JustinAkaDeadstuff
    JustinAkaDeadstuff 4 months ago

    is this guy a knight?

  • Darin P
    Darin P 4 months ago

    His pants are too big...anyways, continue sir

    • Darin P
      Darin P 3 months ago

      +MyBloomingLife So be it


    • MyBloomingLife
      MyBloomingLife 3 months ago

      'anyway' might be a better word to use.


  • rahmath affrin
    rahmath affrin 4 months ago

    school teach us what to think,but not how to think

  • Travel Man
    Travel Man 4 months ago

    So what is this guys solution?

  • mazdarati2
    mazdarati2 4 months 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.

  • Goldengio 03
    Goldengio 03 4 months 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.

  • Marianne
    Marianne 4 months 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.

  • Buddha Girl
    Buddha Girl 4 months ago

    What an amazing man!

  • Karen O'Hara
    Karen O'Hara 4 months 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!!

  • Chansophop Kaing
    Chansophop Kaing 4 months ago

    you know I'm in the process of dropping out right now. and his speech made me cry.

  • Sara Y
    Sara Y 4 months ago

    If you disliked this video, comment below your reasons why please
    I'm interested, lets discuss

  • Brian Murray
    Brian Murray 4 months 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?

  • ALICE BELYANINA
    ALICE BELYANINA 4 months 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.

  • Nancy Metzger
    Nancy Metzger 4 months ago

    Much of what he described as the solution/revolution is what home education is alllllll about!

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