Ken Robinson: My idol and his views on education

Ken Robinson is an absolute genius. I remember seeing his first TED talk on a podcast back in about 2006, and it really resonated with me. It became an instant hit and I’ve watched it many times since.

Ken has spent decades looking at education systems worldwide and advising governments on how their education systems are failing so many children, typically in the arts.

I challenge you to watch these videos and not be inspired by his wisdom, humour and challenges. It has made me want to explore my creative side and to set the stage for my unborn daughter to be able to explore her creativity and be what she wishes to be as she grows up.

The follow-up – Bring on the learning revolution! (2010)

The original – Schools kill creativity (2006)

Further reading

I’ve put a couple of Ken’s books on my Amazon wish list so that I can explore this subject and his wisdom further, to try and give my daughter every chance at happiness, and to perhaps learn a few things about myself on the way! Check out The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything and Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative.

Update: September 15th, 2020. By happenstance, I was looking at this old post and went to read up on Ken, and it turns out that he died just last month after a short battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

By Dave

Dave is the proud father of Ellie and Jack. There's nothing that makes him happier than spending time with his incredible wife and their amazing children. He's a civil/mechanical engineer and he also builds and maintains WordPress websites.

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