quotes from sir ken robinson’s 2013 ted talk

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Ken Robinson’s talk “How to escape education's death valley” is one of my favorites. It was recorded in April of 2013. I highly recommend that you watch his latest talk on TED.com. The quotes I assembled for the talk are the one’s most salient to me personally. This is not an attempt to summarize his talk in anyway, but perhaps a quote or two will be useful for you in your own presentations related to education, etc. The slides are in PDF, but you can easily cut and paste text as you wish. You can of, course, get the entire transcript of the talk on the ted.com website (in many languages). Let’s keep the conversation regarding the education revolution going. peace - garr


  • 23 quotes from Sir Ken Robinsons talk at TED Talks Education
  • I knew that Americans get irony when I came across that legislation No Child Left Behind. Because whoever thought of that title gets irony because its leaving millions of children behind. Sir Ken Robinson
  • There are three (3) principles on which human life ourishes, and they are contradicted by the culture of education under which most teachers have to labor and most students have to endure. Sir Ken Robinson
  • (1) Human beings are naturally different and diverse. Sir Ken Robinson
  • If you sit kids down, hour after hour, doing low-grade clerical work, dont be surprised if they start to fidget. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition. Theyre suffering from childhood. Sir Ken Robinson
  • A real education has to give equal weight to the arts, the humanities, to physical education. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Kids prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them. Sir Ken Robinson
  • The arts arent just important because they improve math scores. Theyre important because they speak to parts of childrens being which are otherwise untouched. Sir Ken Robinson
  • (2) The second principle that drives human life ourishing is: curiosity. Sir Ken Robinson
  • If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further assistance, very often. Children are natural learners. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Curiosity is the engine of achievement. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Teaching is a creative profession. Teaching, properly conceived, is not a delivery system. Sir Ken Robinson
  • The role of a teacher is to facilitate learning. Sir Ken Robinson
  • But....
  • The dominant culture of education has come to focus on not teaching and learning, but testing. Sir Ken Robinson
  • In place of curiosity, what we have is a culture of compliance. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Our children and teachers are encouraged to follow routine algorithms rather than to excite that power of imagination & curiosity. Sir Ken Robinson
  • (3) The third principle is this: creative human life is inherently Sir Ken Robinson
  • ...one of the roles of education is to awaken and develop [the] powers of creativity. Instead, what we have is a culture of standardization. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Education is not a mechanical system. Its a human system. Its about people. Sir Ken Robinson
  • Right beneath the surface are the seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions... Sir Ken Robinson
  • The real role of leadership in education...should not be command and control...
  • The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility. Sir Ken Robinson
  • You take a school...you change the conditions, give people a different sense of possibility, a different set of expectations, a broader range of opportunities, you cherish and value the relationships between teachers and learners, you offer people the discretion to be creative...and...
  • ...schools that were once bereft spring to life. Sir Ken Robinson
  • ...schools that were once bereft spring to life. Sir Ken Robinson
  • A few quotes do not do justice to Sir Kens talk. Please take time to watch his latest TED talk and share it with others to keep the conversation going.
  • slides by garr reynolds www.presentationzen.com @presentationzen


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