Ken Robinson

UK writer (1950-2020)

Sir Kenneth Robinson (born 4 March 1950 – 21 August 2020) is a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies.

Ken Robinson in 2009

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  • It is my contention that Creativity is as important today in Education as Literacy and we should treat it with the same status.
  • Human communities depend upon a diversity of talent, not a single conception of ability. At the heart of the challenge is to reconstitute our sense of ability and of intelligence.
  • I saw a well-meaning policy statement that said ‘College begins in Kindergarten'. No it doesn’t, Kindergarten begins in Kindergarten. A friend of mine once said ‘A Three-Year old is not half a Six-Year old.
  • We have sold ourselves into a fast-food model of education. And it’s impoverishing our spirits and our energies as much as fast food is depleting our physical bodies.
  • If you’re doing something you love, an hour seems like 5 minutes. If you are doing something that doesn’t resonate with your spirit 5 minutes can seem like an hour. And the reason that so many people are opting out of Education is because it doesn't feed their spirit, it doesn't feed their energy or their passion.
  • Whoever thought of the No Child Left Behind legislation and its title certainly understands irony because millions of our children are indeed being left behind. This standardized testing is making the job of teachers unnecessarily difficult, limiting the discretion of teachers to teach. School systems are imposing conformity instead of promoting creativity.
  • For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail - it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed.
    • [1] The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, 2009

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