Music. Art. Culture. Writing.
Ken Robinson posits that “creativity is as important in education as literacy.” An advocate for education reform around the world, Robinson has described how our current educational system was designed in the 19th century to meet the needs of an industrial economy.
In his 2006 TED presentation (an international sensation), he argues that schools kill creativity, and discusses the global hierarchy of education. At the top we find mathematics and languages, then humanities, and finally the arts. And so the system itself has created a value structure that holds academic achievers in language and math in higher regard than other achievers, producing a “process of academic inflation” with a biased university system.
In 2010, Robinson calls for a learning revolution, one that celebrates a diversity of talent, explores individual passions, and employs personalized curriculum. Simultaneously, he encourages the use of multimedia technology while utilizing an organic, agricultural model of nurturing human flourishing.
Robinson’s books include:
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything – “People find The Element when they engage in the thing that they love that they are also especially good at doing.”
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative – Based on the assumption that organizations struggle to find creative, innovative thinkers, Robinson makes suggestions for educating our children in the 21st century.
Robinson’s work raises key questions:
What is the role of “teacher” in an educational system that actually meets the needs of our fast-approaching future?
How can we tap into our artistic and creative impulses to meet our personal, educational, and economic needs?
What does education mean if those moving through the system cannot adapt to rapid technological and economic change?
What are the long-term benefits and limitations of degrees awarded from inside the current academic system?
How can we educate the whole person, body and mind?
What does the learning revolution look like for you? For your school? For the next generation?