Do schools kill creativity? | Sir Ken Robinson

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  • Published on Jan 5, 2007
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    Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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  • TrueUnderDawgGaming
    TrueUnderDawgGaming 6 years ago +5

    I hope that people don't misunderstand this video. It's not that school isn't important. It obviously is. However, creativity is not something you learn through typical education. Art is more about experience than it is about knowledge. That being said, knowledge is still very important.

  • Insulam Archipelago
    Insulam Archipelago Year ago +2

    Schools: we are all different!

  • Ryan Mark Camposano
    Ryan Mark Camposano Year ago +1

    Who's here after hearing of his passing? This is one of the best TedTalks I've watched. It definitely helped me shape my principles as a teacher. You will be missed.

  • TheOnlyJoe_
    TheOnlyJoe_ Year ago +2

    It’s so sad now that he’s gone, he will be dearly missed, Rest in peace Sir Ken

  • Tae Young Woo 우태영

    So sad to hear of Sir Ken Robinson’s passing yesterday (Aug 21, 2020). This talk from more than a decade ago was one of my favorites growing up, and I hoped to meet him in person someday. An inspiration to so many. RIP Sir Ken Robinson (1950-2020).

  • Ishita Mittal
    Ishita Mittal Year ago +1

    Our English teacher told us to watch any 5 Ted talks and write about them and now I'm gonna roast them in a very efficient manner.

  • MystiCult
    MystiCult 5 years ago +4

    Modern education: Creating people who are smart enough to accurately repeat what they're told and follow orders, and dumb enough to think this makes them smarter than everyone else.

  • Julz Muldoon
    Julz Muldoon Year ago +110

    RIP Ken Robinson. This speech gave me the courage to do what is right and home educate my children. Thank you for inspiring so many parents to be brave!

  • Sophie Christmas
    Sophie Christmas Year ago +75

    This was the best Ted Talk I've seen so far. The humor along with his thoughts made this very enjoyable. Rest in Peace Sir Ken Robinson. Your talents, innovations, and ideas continue to inspire many. 1950-2020

  • Stealth Pro
    Stealth Pro Year ago +615

    14 years later after this video I'm still sitting sitting in a room 7 hours a day not learning anything. Nothing changed what a waste.

  • Noe Dardaneli
    Noe Dardaneli Year ago +69

    A monumental thinker, one of a kind; in the same league as Hemingway and Plato. The questions he tackles are most fundamental and thoughtprovoking. First of all he is such a humanly human, one of the best examples of our race. And the sense of humor wraps his words in magnificent warm blanket. Thank you Ken, rest in peace!

  • The Last of Me
    The Last of Me Year ago +38

    RIP Sir Ken. You’ve touched the world, with your legacy living on in the lives of the teachers who are fighting to give creativity the status it deserves in schools.

  • Omar Balfaqih
    Omar Balfaqih 3 years ago +1

    Loved this quote:

  • Boris Bazzano
    Boris Bazzano Year ago +234

    It's incredibly upsetting how old is this and how everything is still the same.

  • Peter Shay
    Peter Shay Year ago +41

    So sad to hear of his passing. May his talks live on to inspire new generations of teachers. He has left an indelible mark on me.

  • KitKat270
    KitKat270  +26

    "The whole purpose of public education, throughout the world, is to produce university professors...The universities designed the system in their own image [and the system itself] is a protracted process of university entrance. "

  • luca brazzi
    luca brazzi Year ago +7

    This is the best video I’ve seen for years and I’ll tell you why. There are millions of people who relate to this because we’ve all thought it. It takes a man who has reached the top of the education ladder to say it for it to be heard.

  • weed smoke
    weed smoke Year ago +295

    Let’s have a moment of silence for the memory of Sir Ken Robinson, rest in peace

  • Ali ens
    Ali ens 3 years ago +1

    I hate it when you do something a certain way that works efficiently and correctly but the teacher gets mad because it's not the way you're supposed to do it.

  • The Heart One
    The Heart One Year ago +8

    Sir Ken Robinson, you model my beliefs about education exactly! Thank you for your demonstration of what schools can do to a child and their success and/or failure. I am quoting you in a book that I have been working on for years and will add you to my acknowledgements section! Thank you so much!