Ken Robinson

Notes in my notebook, started November 2013

the "follow your bliss" theory seems to work best if you have deep pockets. It could also work well if you managed to somehow change this dumb lazy world into a place where the people who control the outlets to the market - people like gallery owners & museum curators - become willing to take chances with others that don't always fit into to their preconceived notions of who/what is marketable: young, hip, gregarious, masters degree from Yale, well connected, etc.

thoughts on creativity

Lee Byoung Jo

Oct 27 2013: I agree this great words in the TED, so this movie serve as a momentum I write few sentence. Nowadays perhaps i think we ignore some problems that we have, and this is serious. especially Education of Korea is example this one of them, nearly students of this country are had learning over PM 9 daily by force, and I'm one of them.... so not only I have desire and plese reform this education system!!! but also students of all over the world wish this!!

Eventually most currently maintained jobs will be held by machines, and humans will be forced into jobs dealing with breaking science, managerial jobs, and of course, art. 

YuJin Mo


5 days ago: Actually, I have thought that the education of the only my country has a problem. However, after listening this lecture, I come to know that the whole world have problems in education. Now, the word "homeschooling" leaps to my mind. Not long ago, I got to know about it because of my presentation. Homeschooling is focused on students' interest and creativity. It can be an alternative to complement many limits in the school


Helen Crehan

5 days ago: How refreshing to hear this - but depressing as well because we seem to be moving further away from this model - as a primary teacher I want to cry at times at the constrictions we place on children - and the pressure we place on them to hit our maths, reading and writing targets.

cho chung hyeon


6 days ago: i agree with Ken Robinson thought .
in korea school teacher only teach how to solve problem. so many students gets stress and don't know why we should study they just study for winning other students . so student's creavity is decreasing in school i think many school teacher should change their teching method

schooling exists within a web of social institutions and cultural values. School reflects those values


Reflecting about the TED talk I think it would be beneficial if students were able to create their own tests. Teachers could asses these tests by seeing what the student includes and how in depth they take it. With a student creating their own test they won't have as much pressure. If the students had the option to create a few of their own tests throughout the year it would boost the students confidence and set the class up for more of a successful academic year

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Nov 30 2013: I really agree that teachers should develop children’s creativity. Creativity isn’t developed at once and it takes long time to enhance. I’m a college student and for me it is the most difficult task to require creative thinking. I’m good at working in the way that I always did, but I’m poor at think creatively. One day, I performed a task about Johann Amos Comenius. After searching information, I arrange the information: his whole life, achievement, thought etc. I thought that it is better to arrange this information in interview format because all of the data is about him. However, my professor gave me a low mark and he said I had to observe standard for margin, table of contents, and cover. I was so angry because he said that students complete this task in new and creative way.

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Nov 28 2013: I agree on what did a speker present. I think that Korea education way makes students foolish because Korea education think much of memorization than understanding. This is killing Korea students' creativity. Korea teachers force students to memorize subject matter contents and they reject students' questions. Also Korea doesn't admit sports talents, music talents and art talents. Only they admit a model student at Korean, English and math. Those kill students' adbility. Now, we must admit students individual ability and creativity. Teachers must answer students' questions.

Ken Robinson, personal information

Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies-- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. 

Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural educationa massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements

born 4 March 1950

Originally from a working-class Liverpool family, Robinson now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Marie-Therese and children James and Kate.

After an industrial accident, his father became quadriplegic. Robinson contracted polio at age four. He attended Margaret Beavan Special School due to the physical effects of polio then Liverpool Collegiate School (1961–1963), Wade Deacon Grammar SchoolCheshire (1963–1968). He then studied English and drama (B.Ed.) at Bretton Hall College of Education, University of Leeds (1968–1972) and completed a PhD in 1981 at the University of London, researching drama and theatre in education.

Robinson's presentation Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity is the most watched TED talk of all time (2013)

Robinson has suggested that to engage and succeed, education has to develop on three fronts. First, that it should foster diversity by offering a broad curriculum and encourage individualization of the learning process; Secondly, it should foster curiosity through creative teaching, which depends on high quality teacher training and development; And finally, it should focus on awakening creativity through alternative didactic processes that puts less emphasis on standardized testing thereby giving the responsibility for defining the course of education to individual schools and teachers. He believes that much of the present education system in the United States fosters conformity, compliance, and standardization rather than creative approaches to learning. Robinson emphasizes that we can only succeed if we recognize that education is an organic system, not a mechanical one. Successful school administration is a matter of fostering a helpful climate rather than "command and control"

Кен Робинсон был одним из четырех международных советников для правительства Сингапура, которое поставило цель стать центром творчества в Южно-Восточной Азии

He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

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