Sir Kenneth Robinson, from Liverpool, England, is an international education specialist and adviser as well as an author of many renowned scholarly works. He speaks mostly about the ways that the education system can be improved and how to truly give a child a great experience in school to develop their love for learning forever. Here are some of his most thought provoking quotes.
“A real education has to give equal weight to the arts, the humanities, and to physical education.”
“Children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition. They’re suffering from childhood.”
“Creativity is as important as literacy.”
“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s produced the most extraordinary results in human culture.”
“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.”
“Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent not a singular conception of ability.”
— Sir Ken Robinson (@SirKenRobinson) May 7, 2015
“I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our concept of the richness in human capacity.”
“I believe this passionately: that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.”
“I knew that Americans get irony when I came across that legislation No Child Left Behind. Because whoever thought of that title gets irony – because it’s leaving millions of children
“If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further assistance, very often. Children are natural learners.”
“If you sit kids down, hour after hour, doing low grade clerical work, don’t be surprised if they start to fidget.”
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
“Kids prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them.”
“Learning happens in the minds and souls, not in the databases of multiple choice tests.”
— Sir Ken Robinson (@SirKenRobinson) April 2, 2015
“Passion is the driver of achievement in all fields. Some people love doing things they don’t feel they’re good at.”
“The answer is not to standardize education, but to personalize and customize it to the needs of each child and community. There is no alternative. There never was.”
“The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel they’re valued.”
“The second principle that drives human life flourishing is: curiosity.”
“There’s a wealth of talent that lies in all of us. All of us, including those who work in schools, must nurture creativity systematically and not kill it unwittingly.”
“To be creative you actually have to do something.”
— Sir Ken Robinson (@SirKenRobinson) March 30, 2015
“Very often, organizations are inflexible because there is too little communication between functions; they are too segregated.”
“We have sold ourselves into a fast food model of education, and it’s impoverishing our spirit and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.”
“What you’re doing now, or have done in the past, need not determine what you can do next and in the future.”
“You can be creative in anything – in math, science, engineering, philosophy – as much as you can in music or in painting or in dance.”
“You cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do is like a farmer create the conditions under which it will begin to flourish.”
“You can’t be a creative thinker if you’re not stimulating your mind, just as you can’t be an Olympic athlete if you don’t train regularly.”
In this brilliant TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson talks about the current state of the school systems and the hindrance that they may be having on students.
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