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

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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20 comments

  1. Have to watch this for a college essay due in 3 days that needs to be 3 pages long and i havent started it yet. I also hate how they clap after every 5 words he says.

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  5. Brilliant. Universities are a conveyor belt of productivity and conformity to the powers that be, and the powers are mostly arrogant. How many instructors in higher education don’t even care about students at all. It now amounts to a bunch of activism and missionary style moral education brainwashing.

  6. KR cites Canada as one of the countries that has got it right with its education system. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. In Ontario in particular the system is virtually no different than the US system he describes. It’s absolutely centralized at the provincial level and schools at the local level certainly do not determine curriculum, testing, or how education will be administered. The drop out rate is alarmingly high and literacy rates low and continually falling. The teachers are more highly regarded and very well paid (avg $100k per year in Ontario) yet they are terminally disgruntled. Elevating teachers to a fairly high professional status and salary hasn’t improved anything at all for the kids. In Ontario there are some high schools (Toronto area) where 80% of the kids are unable to read and write in spite of spending 12+ years receiving public education at the hands of very well paid teachers in a very costly system.

    In some ways the situation is much worse in Canada as there are fewer options available to parents. The teachers unions intensely oppose school choice, vouchers, there is no charter school system, and alternatives such as home schooling/unschooling are generally discouraged (and only recently available, relative to it’s long history in the US, as an option anyway). Canada has lost its way in public education at least as badly as the US has done. The myth that Canada has these sorts of things sorted out and should be held up as a model for others to follow is simply untrue.

    KR is a great speaker and fun to listen to. I enjoy his talks, but some of his info is oddly out of touch with reality. I do agree however with his overall theme that these systems are broken, too power focused (prioritizes meeting the needs of adults before kids), and in dire need of change. Canada needs an education overhaul urgently too, specially Ontario.

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  8. Good TED talak and all… but jeez the audience that laughs wayyyyy too often makes this annoying to watch

  9. It’s such a shame that such a bright and great mind has passed on. For those wondering, Sir Ken Robinson passed away in August…

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