RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms

  • Published on Oct 13, 2010
  • This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.

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    This audio has been edited from the original event by Becca Pyne. Series produced by Abi Stephenson, RSA.

    Animation by Cognitive Media. Andrew Park, the mastermind behind the Animate series and everyone's favourite hairy hand, discusses their appeal and success in his blog post, 'Talk to the hand':

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  • Daisuke Sakurai
    Daisuke Sakurai 6 years ago +587

    As a new teacher, this video really inspires me to make a difference in my own school. It won't be easy, definitely but the idea is there.

  • SK
    SK 6 years ago +439

    This man needs a noble prize.

  • Guitar Ch
    Guitar Ch 6 years ago +64

    I've been listening to this guy's speeches all day and it just resonates with me more than anything I have seen in a long time. I was misdiagnosed with adhd in elementary school (this wonderful psychologist actually told me in 5th grade that it was a misdiagnosis so I know). So I spent 5 years believing I had adhd when all I had was this thing called childhood. Eventually in 10th grade I switched to an alternative school and everything Robinson has said regarding alternative schools in his other speeches is spot on. I'm a senior at my alternative school, going to college next year and this school has had a profound impact on me. I'll spare the details, but I just want to confirm that alternative schools are very often the solution and right now what I'm most passionate about is making this education revolution happen and I will do everything in my power to achieve this. I wouldn't have this passion if it were not for my alternative school experience, which inspired learning instead of forcing conformity.

  • Meghan Purtlebaugh
    Meghan Purtlebaugh Year ago +511

    I'm watching in 2020... 10 years later and I feel like theres still no change :/

  • Octodog
    Octodog 7 years ago +327

    I certainly remember being much better at being creative when I was younger, but now that I'm a freshman in High School, I've noticed that I'm much worse at the whole creativity thing. Now, the problem is, I'm being praised. Why? I am great at finding the one answer. I can take tests very well, but am typically not the best at projects. Math is my best subject, English is my worst, where you typically have to write creative essays. I want to be an engineer, so at my school, we have an elective called pre-engineering. It's one of the closest classes to an actual job that's available at my school. And I'm not the best at it. Sure I can do the math required, but coming up with ideas for better designs is hard. I feel that this shows that my education is doing the opposite of preparing me for the future. It's telling me that there's one answer, which is never the case in engineering. I hope that soon enough we can have an education overhaul, and realize that we need to change education.

  • Mister Teach
    Mister Teach 5 years ago +63

    I watch this every now and then for inspiration. Love the kids and profession, if not necessarily the 'system'.

  • Joshua Duckmanton
    Joshua Duckmanton Year ago +34

    RIP to this legendary genius. Thank you Ken for everything you taught us ❤️

  • Jennifer Mellen
    Jennifer Mellen Year ago +12

    I found this very interesting, and as someone with ADHD-I, I had a lot of hyperfocused thoughts about it.

  • Eunice Tan
    Eunice Tan 7 years ago +68

    Well said. I'm 17 now and though I should be 'grateful' for having an education, I can't say I am honestly. When I was a kid, I was innovative, loved to think, loved to explore different possibilities and correct me if I'm wrong but the education has such a... Rigid system that there's no room for one to be creative. Being creative is considered incorrect, as rubbish, because they simply don't comply with the standardized and accepted answers in the eyes of education. Educating creativity out of kids in a way causes [Or should I say, encourages] them to stop thinking, to just follow whatever that is given and not question. This is the case for me right now and I feel as lifeless as a corpse.

  • Blackbyrd
    Blackbyrd 7 years ago +11

    When I see a video over 2 min. long, I groan, roll my eyes, and keep scrolling. I played this video at the insistence of a peer and watched it all from start to finish, eyes glued to the screen, completely enraptured and understanding everything in full gravity as Sir Ken Robinson said it. That says quite a lot about this technique of teaching and engaging the audience, because when the end of the video came, I was surprised to find myself transported 11 minutes and 40 seconds into the future. Bravo.


    I remember watching this in high school english class to learn more about education paradigms video by Sir Ken Robinson. This was ten or eleven years ago for me to watched it now in 2021, this year! : ) Best animated educated video ever.

  • Basic Growth
    Basic Growth 7 years ago +36

    Education should be prioritizing personal growth and developing individual interests and skills instead of trying to drag them trough the same curriculum. Focusing how they truly can be themselves (by reintegrating abstract thinking), improve (or master) their interests/personal gift and how they can share this with the world (contribution). Now that sounds pretty great to me.

  • HalcyoNN
    HalcyoNN 2 years ago +1

    Who else is watching this for school? 💀

  • KhakiCube
    KhakiCube 7 years ago +163

    Being in High School, I hate it when teachers tell me I must preform things the way they're expected because there's only ever 1 correct answer and never-ending questions... To me there's only question and that's how you're going to live life, to that there's multiple answers.

  • TeaCakes
    TeaCakes Year ago +9

    RIP Sir Ken, you truly inspired me and will continue to do so throughout my teaching career

  • Clay Mountain
    Clay Mountain 7 years ago +5


  • Byron Youth Theatre

    we love this, thank you Sir Ken, thank you for bringing light and awareness to this. I wish you were still with us...but hey all your work still is!!!!

  • Imrana Mohiuddin
    Imrana Mohiuddin 3 years ago +2

    This video made me think about how education has

  • Alex Urquizu
    Alex Urquizu 2 years ago +3

    Amazing video. I really agree with Ken Robinson. It reminds me when I was young and I dropeed out my studies. In those times, many teachers thought that the best students were who got the best results in tests. Currently I am working as a teacher in Primary School. In my opinion, every student has his talent, and results in tests won't ever be able to show how much inteligent is a student.

  • aQuestionableQuestion

    I remember watching this in a lecture during my 1st year of Uni...and i was absolutely gobsmacked. One of the few times at Uni where a lecture left me genuinely speechless but in a good way. This is still relevant and needs addressing imo