How to Change Education - Ken Robinson

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  • 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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Comments: 233

  • Armando7654
    Armando7654 20 days ago

    children are not "organisms" but parent's interest with demand for specific knowledge. Children DO need help learning, that's the point of school. Personal life is none of school's business. Have some self-respect! Learning of EMC2 will happen ANYWAY without teacher?! LOL Yes kids will teach themselves! You people are brain-dead if you believe that

  • Armando7654
    Armando7654 20 days ago

    ZOMBIES, you are being brainwashed. This globalist is attacking western metaphysics & tells you to capitulate & surrender your own western way of knowing & knowledge which created western civilization you are enjoying. You can't be original unless you FIRST acquired knowledge. Facts & Knowledge aren't enemy of education, they ARE education!

  • Spike
    Spike 4 months ago


  • Tomiwa Aina
    Tomiwa Aina 5 months ago

    I love how he talks, he could be saying utter nonesense and still sound intelligible

  • Andy Manole
    Andy Manole 5 months 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.

  • Stephanie Segura
    Stephanie Segura 6 months ago

    I love this.

  • Aiona Teu
    Aiona Teu 6 months ago


    • Sinematographers
      Sinematographers 6 months ago

      Its English Language. Not sure he can improve on that.

  • Teach the Teacher
    Teach the Teacher 7 months ago +1

    Such a good video, i'll share with everyone i think it will help.

  • Janet Riggio
    Janet Riggio 7 months ago +1

    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.

  • Joe Lonsdale
    Joe Lonsdale 7 months ago

    Interesting but smug.

  • Steve McCrea The Posterman

    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

  • Elizabeth Anne
    Elizabeth Anne Year ago +28

    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

    • Elizabeth Anne
      Elizabeth Anne 2 months ago

      Jesse Fisher I saw the video! It's really cool that you made that.

    • Jesse Fisher
      Jesse Fisher 2 months ago

      Elizabeth Anne, I applaud you for recognizing the "controlling nature of the system". Perhaps, when you become a parent, you can carry the torch for freedom-based education and provide for your children what you would have wished for yourself. The good news is that there are dozens of freedom-based schools around the world. I'm helping to launch one here in our county.

      Unlike you, so many students are so used to the coercive nature of our model of education that they don't see it for what it is -- intellectual tyranny. The teacher, though she be a caring individual, is by definition a tyrant - she makes, applies, and judges the laws by which the students must live in the classroom. Also, she decides what, when, and how the students are to learn. And the grand irony of it all is that the National Education Association claims that this is preparing them to live in a free society! Bah!

      Elizabeth, I made a video explaining the history of our "American" education system and an alternative that is actually based in freedom, not tyranny. Maybe you could share it with other students whose eyes are open and help bring about the transformation of education that Sir Ken calls for:

    • Linda Lee
      Linda Lee 8 months ago

      Mr. Anderson, really appreciate your comments, which helps me to think outside of the box, and re-evaluate my life.

    • Michael Kahn
      Michael Kahn 11 months ago

      i have a better idea.School will teach you mindsets and worldviews that are skewed, basically sick; like income is the most important motivation. You should throw just about everything you learn in school and mainstream tv and media, they are tools of propaganda as imposed on us by the bankers. That piece of paper, a diploma means you have conformed to an evil system, and can make money as part of an evil system. Everything valuable that i learned, was self-taught through research. I am an author of five books, have debated seminary professors and sent them running, founded four organizations, lectured to graduate students for 15 years, and am known all over the world. I have 23 credits of wasted time in college. I will change the world, because I think outside the boxes, am a revolutionary.

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  • Zinger
    Zinger Year ago +1

    Blah, blah, blah...answer the friggin' question on education already!!!

  • René Henriksen
    René Henriksen Year ago +3

    When it comes to education, people are people not machines or entities.

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    Bogdan Manea Year ago

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  • Lilsamofro
    Lilsamofro Year ago +3

    "you cant improve health standards by villifying doctors", well according to Mr Hunt you can...

    • Darius Teixera
      Darius Teixera 10 months ago

      Education sucks like many other things. U should not vote, not send ur kids to school, not go to a hospital (nosocomial infections), not believe the media. And i mean it. It's the route to freedom.
      Sir Ken is perfectly right.

    • Darius Teixera
      Darius Teixera 10 months ago


      Of course u can. Doctors are just the executing arms of pharmaceuticals. The prescribe medications they don't even know. The only accurate field of medicine is surgery. Because it's concrete and honest. The rest, only guess work in white suit. U can train a monkey to ba a Dr.
      I know because i am one myself.

    • Darius Teixera
      Darius Teixera 10 months ago


  • Cydney Robinson
    Cydney Robinson Year ago +36

    I love this man's talks

  • Ninjacorn666
    Ninjacorn666 Year ago

    kebeb is not greek it's turkish

  • Lost Marbles
    Lost Marbles Year 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.

  • kikimarie07
    kikimarie07 Year ago +4

    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.

    • Michael Kahn
      Michael Kahn 11 months ago

      That is why you go to college, and are awakened by a video. YOu have not learned to think for yourself. i have already come to some of the same conclusions, and more, from thinking outside the box, because I am not a slave to conventional conforming thinking as imposed by the system. You need to research for yourself, not believing any of the garbage they feed you to keep you perpetuating an evil system

  • Luke
    Luke Year ago +15

    I feel like I'm watching posh Michael Caine for some reason.

  • James Epp
    James Epp Year ago +5

    actually....the internet kinda was a government plan.......

    • Michael Kahn
      Michael Kahn 11 months ago

      conspiracy theorist- the name given to critical thinkers to ridicule them so nobody believes them enough to research for themselves as to their validity.

    • Sean Maloba
      Sean Maloba Year ago

      +James Epp Okay, I'll look into that. But it's pretty hard for anybody scrolling down the comments to believe you if you don't link anything or say where to look. You just look like one of those conspiracy theory promoters xD.

    • SK
      SK Year ago

      +James Epp apologies you are right follow the money.

    • James Epp
      James Epp Year ago

      +SK exactly what I'm trying to get at.
      follow the money.

    • SK
      SK Year ago

      +James Epp I don't think so Sir. The internet was invented and used by military personnel, everything you use now is hand me down technology from the military. Perfect example is Oculus rift.

  • Richard  Coram
    Richard Coram Year ago +2


  • Hans-Christian Bauer
    Hans-Christian Bauer 2 years ago +19

    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.

    • MrIlleagle99
      MrIlleagle99 9 months ago

      Educated people in positions of power in the US undergo competitions where each one leads a campaign and tries to convince as many people as possible that they have their interests at heart to achieve the greater number of votes. In presidential elections, different subsets of people (those that live in swing states) have more sway than others. The ethical strategy is to be honest and tell everyone what you would do in office, what you support, etcetera in the hopes to sway the most people. Unfortunately that is not the optimal strategy and if people who would otherwise utilize ethical strategies did utilize them they would lose to more effective strategies. The more effective strategy is to use peoples' emotions against them - to say things regardless of their truth or relevance in order to manipulate people. This strategy works on ignorant people, on people who do not know how to engage in critical thinking. Most people in the US are uneducated and more easily fall victim to the unethical strategy. A perfect educational system would embrace critical thinking in its purest form such that all those who utilized it would come out with the ability to think for themselves and solve problems in creative ways. We don't have a perfect educational system, but it is still extremely more probable that you will pick up on critical thinking from the elements of it that are utilized by the educational system (or through college/university classes) than from not receiving education at all. By making sure everyone has access to education, the number of people who can think critically increases. By making the educational system better, you increase the number of people who can think critically exponentially. As more and more people are capable of critical thinking, the unethical political strategy becomes less and less effective (because its target audience gets smaller and smaller). They are then forced to address their positions and let the critical audience analyze those positions to identify which ones are more representative of them. While I will not make an argument for whether or not morality allies itself with critical thinking, there are quite a lot of philosophies to draw a connection between the two. There are many that say the two are unrelated, as well. That point is not interesting enough for me to delve into, but if you're interested there are tons of moral philosophies out there to suggest extremely well-reasoned answers to those questions.

    • René Henriksen
      René Henriksen Year ago

      It´s what may be called autopilot-democracy.....

    • Mongol Beast
      Mongol Beast Year ago

      +Hans-Christian Bauer I subscribe to what you wrote!

    • Hans-Christian Bauer
      Hans-Christian Bauer Year ago

      +Laura Bonham
      I do not suscribe to the notion that education is the answer that will heal all our woes. While it is important, it is not instrumental in seeding ethical standards or social responsibility. These are values that we learn from our parents and our social environment.
      Academia, media, and politics are filled with very educated people who are more than happy to withhold information - and sometimes outright lie - in order to push their own political agenda and narrative.
      We can see it in how informative journalism has become the exception, not the rule. Even schools focus on teaching how to absorb pre-conceived "truths", not how to objectively evaluate information and draw your own conclusions.
      On that premise, the whole idea that educated people will hold politicians to higher standards falls flat. They haven't in the past and they won't in the future.

    • Laura Bonham
      Laura Bonham Year ago

      +Hans-Christian Bauer I think the point he's attempting to make is that education plays a role in our civic life. Voting is the final act in a democracy. Local participation and an education in social and political movements can very much impact a generation's voting behavior thus impacting debate and candidate platforms.

  • Nerlene Sampson
    Nerlene Sampson 2 years ago +2

    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.

  • Bubelmanen
    Bubelmanen 2 years ago +10

    I wonder if I'm the only 16 year old here watching?

    • Kellye Self
      Kellye Self 5 months ago

      I have assigned it to my sociology students, so no, you are not the only 16yo watching....and lots of teachers watch and fully agree with him as well.

    • Redpoppy
      Redpoppy 6 months ago

      +Bubelmanen You are probably smarter than your teachers than.

    • AJ Haward
      AJ Haward Year ago

      Show this to your principal

  • J brogly.decap
    J brogly.decap 2 years ago +2

    what a bunch of new age bullshit

  • SCA Tutoring Center
    SCA Tutoring Center 2 years ago +1

    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?

    • Kyle Hurley
      Kyle Hurley 8 months ago

      It seems like every industry around us revolves around customization. I wish the education industry provided customization like what we have for Netflix shows and Facebook feeds.

    • Michael Kahn
      Michael Kahn 11 months ago

      Agree with you papa. The whole system has created mindsets that are downright evil- that is bankers have fed us all kinds of propaganda, and if we agree with evil, it will rule.

    • EyeLean5280
      EyeLean5280 11 months ago

      +Michael Kahn Well, it depends. Sometimes government standards are better than those at the local level, depending on the district. But we should give teachers everything they need to succeed including small classes, proper materials and the freedom to teach in the ways their students respond to best.

    • Michael Kahn
      Michael Kahn 11 months ago

      having to follow a curriculum set by the government, and having to teach subjects the same. Spoon feeding deceptions and faulty mindsets to conform to the system. textbooks. having to pass tests agreeing with the teacher and the books. not encouraging challenging and questioning what we assume is true. (it may not be)

  • Zoltán Mészáros
    Zoltán Mészáros 2 years ago

    The subtitles are full of mistakes.

    • Zoltán Mészáros
      Zoltán Mészáros Year ago

      Well, it they are self-generated they are pretty good!

    • Ramiro Sotto
      Ramiro Sotto Year ago

      +Zoltán Mészáros the self-generated subs are always wrong.

  • Zoie3x8
    Zoie3x8 2 years ago +1

    '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.

  • Richard  Coram
    Richard Coram 2 years ago +1

    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

    • Rowmaster
      Rowmaster Year ago

      +Richard Coram or you know we can give children choices as to what they want to do.

    • Richard  Coram
      Richard Coram Year ago

      Sorry guys, but I've heard all your answers a thousand times over and over. ..problem is you probably have never worn a uniform, so you'll never understand what happens when everyone is the same. You fall into that pool of "experts" who just don't get it.

    • jakemf1
      jakemf1 Year ago

      A fools response! There are many schools that have uniforms and they do no better than others! The military has many faults and is not an a good example

    • Richard  Coram
      Richard Coram 2 years ago

      Learn more about the subject of why uniforms create a level playing field for all students, and bring about discipline, and pride. Do your research.

    • Relyt110
      Relyt110 2 years ago

      Ha, ha, very funny. I don't care whether someone wears a blue or red shirt, so uniforms will not change my learning, other than making me angry, because I accidentally wore my collar the wrong way and I get detention instead of learning more about the subject.

  • Gary Brown
    Gary Brown 2 years ago +6

    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.

    • Stephanus de Goede
      Stephanus de Goede 2 years ago

      +Gary Brown 
      You need a tiered system. Place "poor" schools in tier A, and "developed" schools in tier C, with each tier having different demands and needs. The government must make resources according to the needs of the area/school/system/student available. For example, you could make 2-3 school counselors and even a social worker available for a tier A school, where students might not have the social support they need.
      But you won't make iPads available when the student, a relative or neighbour sees that iPad more as an immediate source of illegal income rather than a tool for education.

      As schools develop and meet requirements to fall in a different tier, you support and supply them with such.

    • Emanuel Rodriguez
      Emanuel Rodriguez 2 years ago

      100% agree. Putting band-aids on a wound that needs surgery just won't cut it.

  • nim parn
    nim parn 3 years ago

    60 percent of families don't understand what you are talking about. In laymans terms they don't understand the big words

  • Zamfir Channel
    Zamfir Channel 3 years ago

    woman want the right to vote, not necessary to cast a vote, which is their right to exercise or not.

  • Haitham Al-Sheeshany
    Haitham Al-Sheeshany 3 years ago +1

    "...excite people about what you know - the great gift of a teacher" - thank you. 

  • Now is Bin
    Now is Bin 3 years 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.

  • rh001YT
    rh001YT 3 years 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.

  • rh001YT
    rh001YT 3 years ago +1

    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.

    • Kraisten
      Kraisten Year ago

      +rh001YT I've watched many of Ken Robinson's videos and I believe the more general point he is trying to make is that people should discover their real potential. This means that if a child finds an interest in learning engineering/science he/she will continue learning it naturally. Therefore pushing the limits of everything we have or know once he/she has mastered one of the professions.
      On the other hand if you force this same logic to a child who doesn't get excited by it, it's a waste of time. Waste of talent compared to the previous child. Maybe this person will grow up to be an excellent entertainer to motivate the engineer/scientist to open up to some ideas that just wasn't there before.

      I find it important that people should be given basic knowledge of math/physics/chemistry together with other subjects, so they could find it out themselves what motivates them the most. Maybe it is just me, but there are a lot of people in the gray area who hasn't found their talent yet, because they were taught by the current system and they don't like what they do. If they would've taught differently and using more wider scale of subjects, they would've found their own thing and we all would benefit more from it.

      I'm not here to argue with you, but just to give my view on this :)

    • rh001YT
      rh001YT 2 years ago

      Hi! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      You have misconstrued my point.  Things don't get better by turning the education system away from one of it's original intentions, which was to tease out from the heard the special, economically viable abilities that reside in some.  To get more better stuff, including more energy efficient stuff, the old system works best because it is focused partly on that teasing out that which is most valuable.  All human activity which is not focused on the better, including the more efficient, is actually a toll on the limited energy available, and if there is a need to curb petroleum use, cuts would most logically be made first in areas that are unproductive and only consume. 

      I read recently that trials are underway of artificial photosynthesis systems which use bacteria in an electrode mesh, exposed to sun and smokestack emissions to take carbon out of the atmosphere and create a byproduct of chemicals useful in making plastics and some other stuff. That's some very advanced science and I would be surprised if the physicists/chemists/engineers who came up with the tech did not suffer through traditional schooling. I recall that most of those mentioned in the news article had Asian last names.  

      I am wondering how it could be that "ecology will empower economy even more"?  What economic system is this that creates more without using energy?  Of course better energy efficiency can result in less energy usage, but the efficiencies come from the scientists and engineers.  

      If you are suggesting that an alternative education system might be one that offers sci-tech kids the opportunity to study only math and science I would say that sci-tech kids really do need the social studies and history and such as much as anyone else in order to be somewhat well rounded and to understand how an economy works and what they can invent that would be both beneficial and economically viable.

      Do you have any concrete proposals?

    • Chris Holwell
      Chris Holwell 2 years ago

      +rh001YT It seems you accept what is and what was as what will be. The world is changing ever so fast and alternatives will continue to progress toward replacing the current paradigm, or at the very least mitigate the prevalent issues of the day by alleviating what is being used up (ie. petroleum being balanced through alternative more efficient and sustainable sources of fuel). Yes, yes those take petroleum to make, it will still alleviate our extraction if we so choose. Upon ponder one will place ecology before economy and also realize if we implement such strategy ecology will empower economy even more.

    • rh001YT
      rh001YT 2 years ago

      +David Geske Well, how hard is it really to cook up nice sounding phrases, sentences and paragraphs?  It's a bit harder and more thorough to define fluffy "feel good" words, and what ususally happens then is that the "feel goodness" begins to dissipate as reality sets in.  How do you define "thrive"?  How much energy and material consumption per person constitutes "thriving"?  How much water usage?  "Creative in their own way"....that's pretty close to saying nothing at all. "Evolve us to our full potential as a species"....I have no idea how anyone can know what our full potential is, or what it would be like.  "fulfilling our wants and needs"... well, how does one define those?  It seems to me that, in addition to basic needs, our "wants" and "needs" keep expanding as technology makes it more possible to want the sky, and we (not me) then go on to declare as "needs" what for previous generations had been sky high "wants".  Where does all that needing and wanting end?   Getting grounded now, I ask, if someone's major and only creative talent is collecting and arranging miniature dolls, does that person also need some kind of job to be able to support his/herself and to have extra money left over to buy those dolls?  

    • David Geske
      David Geske 2 years ago

      If this (his) idea became universal the human race would thrive. Kids would no longer be left behind. Everyone is creative in their own way and if this idea is implemented than it would evolve us to our full potential as a species. The system he is active to install would not take away from fulfilling our wants and needs but help open the minds of the future producers of them.

  • Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert 3 years ago

    really interesting, I will do my part...:-)

  • Daniel Cwele
    Daniel Cwele 3 years ago +1

    17:55 - 18:40

  • Marc Jiménez
    Marc Jiménez 3 years ago

  • mamajo1964
    mamajo1964 3 years ago +1

    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.

  • dick hughes
    dick hughes 3 years 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.

    • Michael Kahn
      Michael Kahn 11 months ago

      never mind amazing- he tries to discredit you by making a somewhat irrelevant point. we need children to learn how to question, challenge, analyze, and basically think for themselves. Teach them how to learn on their own, and they can change the world. I have completed 23 college credits. I have lectured to graduate students for 15 years, written five books, debated and won over college professors, and am going to change the world. No information was fed to me but the basics, I took it from there.

    • theamazingminecraftpi
      theamazingminecraftpi Year ago

      +dick hughes IQ scores are disorienting themselves especially at older ages because they essentially become standardized tests instead of actual intelligence testers. By relying on IQ scores of older students to make a point, your argument is upturned by the argument of reliance on standardized tests being incompetent.

  • zill ellah
    zill ellah 3 years ago +2

    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 

  • Felix Koschar
    Felix Koschar 3 years ago

    Highly recomendet talk on what desperately needs to finally change about our education systems!

  • Tom Mole
    Tom Mole 3 years ago +1

    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.

  • Tomas Pukalski
    Tomas Pukalski 3 years ago

    “It takes a village to educate a child" joint effort of governors, teachers, parents, local business community and business people

  • xavier siby
    xavier siby 3 years ago +22

    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.. :'(

  • James D. Brown
    James D. Brown 3 years ago

    create--adapt--teaching is an art form--engage your students-good stuff!

  • Julian Bolt
    Julian Bolt 3 years ago

    Guernsey needs him too!

  • DoubleFantasyBermuda
    DoubleFantasyBermuda 3 years ago

    Bermuda would love to see Sir Ken speak on our island!

  • lspmd2
    lspmd2 3 years 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 "^_^"

  • Kosta Naumov
    Kosta Naumov 3 years ago +1

    Do we really need schools?

    • Rowmaster
      Rowmaster Year ago

      +Jared Langley I think a good idea would be to let us choose the classes that we want based on our interests.Teach us the very basics and let us decide where to go from there

    • Jared Langley
      Jared Langley 3 years ago

      Honestly I'd be better off teaching myself. I could do, so much more efficiently, because my teachers twist factual information make it false, and tell people to form their own opinion yet force their opinion upon you. I find the majority of teachers hipocritical, and self-contradicting.

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  • Emmanuel A. Awedam
    Emmanuel A. Awedam 3 years ago +1

    Very Insightful.

  • haoss5ice
    haoss5ice 3 years ago +3

    If I ever become a professor it will be because of this man!

  • robin vincent
    robin vincent 3 years 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.

  • centurion180ad
    centurion180ad 3 years ago +1

    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.

  • centurion180ad
    centurion180ad 3 years ago +1

    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.

  • Aaron Santos
    Aaron Santos 3 years ago

    Love it!

  • spiritcrusher00
    spiritcrusher00 3 years ago

    And Samsung ja ja ja

  • spiritcrusher00
    spiritcrusher00 3 years ago

    Sponsored by BMW ja ja ja

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    spiritcrusher00 3 years ago


  • Elivasfq
    Elivasfq 3 years ago

    Sorry Ken but the internet was invented by the government.

  • Mos Deffo
    Mos Deffo 3 years ago +1

    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.

  • Sonia Bannon
    Sonia Bannon 3 years 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.

  • Liam Steadman
    Liam Steadman 3 years 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

  • Lisa Cooley
    Lisa Cooley 3 years 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.

  • davidakadb
    davidakadb 3 years ago

    its just an excuse to spend money

  • davidakadb
    davidakadb 3 years ago

    its just an excuse to spend money

  • Daniel Arévalo
    Daniel Arévalo 3 years ago

    I think it´s a matter of priorities.

  • Kitti McConnell
    Kitti McConnell 3 years ago

    It's a matter of know-how.

  • Daniel Arévalo
    Daniel Arévalo 3 years 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.

  • Rik Konings
    Rik Konings 3 years 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.

  • probablechoices
    probablechoices 3 years 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 ;)

    SIMKINETICS 3 years 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.

  • MrPetur4o
    MrPetur4o 3 years 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).

  • rith5
    rith5 3 years 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.

  • Mohammad Mohammadipour
    Mohammad Mohammadipour 3 years ago +1

    I should appreciate if you could say..Persian

  • Collaborative for Teaching & Learning

    Love what Sir Ken says at the 14:24 mark, it's all about the teaching and learning and everything else is secondary!

  • Mark Horton
    Mark Horton 4 years 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.

  • tarun ramesh
    tarun ramesh 4 years 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

  • tarun ramesh
    tarun ramesh 4 years 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.

  • PTUGA2
    PTUGA2 4 years 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.

  • Jan Camus
    Jan Camus 4 years 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.

  • hellothere11
    hellothere11 4 years ago

    Wonderful talk -a clear problem and solution through rational thinking!

  • J.R. Haworth
    J.R. Haworth 4 years ago

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

  • J.R. Haworth
    J.R. Haworth 4 years 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...

  • yvan mcgregor
    yvan mcgregor 4 years ago

    Very important new link

  • iwanfishz9
    iwanfishz9 4 years ago

    The 1hour long video discussing this topic is private. Fuck...

  • Brook Brayman
    Brook Brayman 4 years 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.

  • cyberdreck
    cyberdreck 4 years 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.

  • Marvin D Hernández
    Marvin D Hernández 4 years 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.

  • CougarFanboy
    CougarFanboy 4 years 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.

  • Marvin D Hernández
    Marvin D Hernández 4 years 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.

  • Marvin D Hernández
    Marvin D Hernández 4 years 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. ...

  • CougarFanboy
    CougarFanboy 4 years 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!

  • CougarFanboy
    CougarFanboy 4 years 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

  • CougarFanboy
    CougarFanboy 4 years 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

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