Posts Tagged ‘Ken Robinson’


Imagine if…

March 15, 2021

Ken Robinson

Many of you know the work of Ken Robinson. During my career Sir Ken made a profound difference on my thinking and inspired me to ‘move forward’ and ‘lean into” whatever educational idea I was considering at the time. It was with great sadness to learn of his passing in August of 2020. We know that someone of Ken Robinson’s influence doesn’t just go away. “In honor of the life and work of Sir Ken Robinson TED Ed invites you to reimagine the aspect of life we take for granted by finishing the sentence… Imagine if…” To learn more go to ED.TED.COM/IMAGINEIF


So Long Sir Ken

August 25, 2020

The world loses an incredible voice for creativity and the Arts

In 2006 the first six TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design) were published online. One of them called Do School’s Kill Creativity was presented by author and educator Sir Kenneth Robinson. During that talk and ever since Sir Ken’s life has taken on twists and turns, and his voice and message have been cherished around the world. In fact his TED Talk has been seen more than 65 million times, more than any other.  He has inspired educators and worked with governments, corporations, and cultural organizations helping them unlock their creativity. He has influenced classrooms, schools, districts and country’s.

He encouraged all who listen to change the way we do business while criticizing the educational system which he believed was about teaching students to “become good workers, rather than creative thinkers.” For over 20 years Robinson’s message was clear: “A top-down focus on math, reading and testing, at the expense of the arts and creative pursuits, stifled their (children’s) abilities.”

In an 2018 interview with the head TED Chris Anderson Robinson said: “The best evidence of human creativity is our trajectory through life. We create our own lives. And these powers of creativity, manifested in all the ways in which human beings operate, are at the very heart of what it is to be a human being.”

“We have to recognize that human flourishing is not a mechanical process; it’s an organic process. And you cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do, like a farmer, is create the conditions under which they will begin to flourish.”

Sir Ken authored and co-authored several books including The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, (New York Times bestseller, translated into 23 languages), Creative Schools, Out of our Minds, and You,Your Child and School. Sir Ken was born in Liverpool and led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, which looked into the significance of creativity in education and the economy. For his achievements he was knighted in 2003.

Sadly Sir Ken Robinson died at the age 70 on Friday, August 21, 2020, after an extraordinary life as one of the world’s leading thinkers on creativity and innovation. He influenced my thinking and was an inspiration to the work I’ve done as an arts educator in my classroom and beyond. I’ve watched (and shared) his TED Talk over and over – delivered with humor, grace and filled with wonderful stories. My favorite is the one about Twyla Tharp. I’m so grateful for his offerings and the messages that will live on into the future. I bow down to you kind sir – Rest in Peace Ken Robinson!

“The best evidence of human creativity is our trajectory through life. We create our own lives. And these powers of creativity, manifested in all the ways in which human beings operate, are at the very heart of what it is to be a human being.”


Ken Robinson

February 1, 2017

On passion

The video below is of a lecture that was given by Ken Robinson, creativity expert and international advisor to education. He believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential?


Art Speaks

August 29, 2013

Imagine Ken Robinson, Elliot Eisner, Mike Huckabee, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Gilbert, Steve Jobs, and Thelma Golden’s voices speaking on Arts Education in our schools. Perhaps you’ve heard them individually speak on the topic. You can hear their voices collectively in this YouTube created by Dave Heinzel, music by Radiohead, and produced by Elizabeth Marcy and the Springfield Public Schools.


Thank you to Debi Bickford, Westbrook High School art teacher, for sharing the link.


Sir Kenneth Robinson

May 16, 2013

TED Talk

imagesKen Robinson presents in his humorous way another TED Talk titled: How to escape education’s death valley. Robinson is an expert on creativity and he has proposed changing education to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

So what is this TED Talk about? “Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.”

Robinson looks closely at what is happening in schools across the United States. He believes that the funding that is going into education is not going into the right places. Robinson is clear about the place for arts education in schools. He believes that they are important because they improve math schools and because they tap into parts of the brain that are otherwise untouched. I suggest you use 18 minutes of your time and listen to this TED Talk.


Kennedy Center on Arts Integration

April 8, 2012

Kennedy Center

Some of you may be aware of the work that the Kennedy Center has done on Arts Integration. If not, please click here to learn about it and to access their arts education information. They have a very clear definition which they use in their education programs. Recently they’ve added a just over 6 minute video on their site that I recommend to you found on the Kennedy Center ArtsEdge site. It is called Public Education in the United States, Setting a Context for Arts Integration, and includes ideas from many educators (Dewey, Vygotsky, Piaget) through time and people from today (Robinson, Pink) who are promoting and supporting what the arts have to offer in the development for our 21st century learners. Please take 10 minutes to take a look!

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