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Sir Ken Robinson: Changing Education Paradigms
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The Lecture -
 
Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.  Right now we may have imagination, but it needs to be activated into creativity.
 
Sir Ken Robinson: How to Change Education
This is the follow-up to "Changing Education Paradigms"
 
Sir Ken Robinson addresses the fundamental economic, cultural, social, and personal purposes of education. He argues that education should be personalized to every student's talent, passion, and learning styles, and that creativity should be embedded in the culture of every single school.
 
Adaptability and Creativity … In education, we need to change the way we’ve been doing things from the 20th Century and this means we need to create a system that promotes adaptability and creativity – not only from our students, but from our educators as well.  How can students learn to be adaptable and creative if they’re taught by people who are neither adaptable nor creative?
 
Sir Ken's talk: As educational leaders we need to make the "alternative schools" the norm. We need to take back control of what is pedagogically sound and we need to be creative and innovative ... we need to find what makes my school unique! 
 
By far, one of the most inspiring keynote addresses that sets the tone for all others on this site.  It is a call-to-arms for educators, parents, administrators and policy-makers as it touches on all topics of crucial interest to anyone interested in 21st century learning and the future of our children.  Unbelievably, Sir Ken Robinson delivered this address back in 2006 - it is even more relevant today than it was back then.
 
Mae Jemison is an astronaut, a doctor, an art collector, a dancer ... Telling stories from her own education and from her time in space, she calls on educators to teach both the arts and sciences, both intuition and logic, as one -- to create bold thinkers.
 
"If organizations are truly interested in creativity and innovation, give your people training programs in the techniques of creative thinking ... Don't hope for it; train people for it."
 
"A creative leader isn't somebody who tells people what to do ... the job of a creative leader is to create the conditions under which people will show discretions and will show discretionary effort."
 
"The role of the creative leader is to not have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everybody will have ideas."
 
All over the world, there's a growing consensus that our education systems are broken.  These educators offer lessons in how we might re-imagine school.
 
Creativity, Learning, and the Curriculum (Learning without Frontiers: Ken Robinson)
 
The value of the arts ... what's the academic value?? Why are some subjects valued more than others? We need an argument for balance or a more holistic approach to education.  Why are the arts commonly treated as an "extra" as to opposed to the priority? Why are the arts not funded like Math, Science, and Language?? Why do we hope that our students will take the arts with their optional courses? Why is it that we don't hope our students take math, but instead make such subjects compulsory? So, the question remains: Why in our view of education, do we default to the so-called basic subjects or components of the curriculum from the 19th century when we trying to get our students ready for the 21st century???  We need a framework that facilitates balance and what we value - we need "Curriculum for Excellence" ... a sound conception to include and value all disciplines/subjects on equal footing. 
 
 
Sir Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability and deep talent. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential?  For most of us the problem isn't that we aim too high and fail - it's just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed.  We need to find that magic spot where our natural talent meets our personal passion. This means we need to know ourselves better. Whilst we content ourselves with doing what we're competent at, but don't truly love, we'll never excel. And, according to Ken, finding purpose in our work is essentially to knowing who we really are.  When you find your element, you will be physically exhausted, but spiritually uplifted and energized ... we need to stop denying ourselves the opportunity to allow our passion to be released. We should not say "No" to the diverse opportunities ... differences that open up for us create and re-create the course of our life.  Our education system and our workplaces must transform to something better ... but it won't transform if we don't transform within ourselves first.
 
Leading a Learning Revolution ... click the link to go to Sir Ken Robinson's closing statements made at The Learning without Frontiers Conference
 

 

Here are a series of videos from Sir Ken Robinson ... for you to watch, ponder, critically think about, reflect on our own learning and teaching, and most importantly utilize to further foster student engagement, well-being, and achievement. Click on each title below: