Sadly, Sir Ken Robinson passed away on the 21st August 2020, after a short illness; we wanted to express our sympathy to his family and take the opportunity to remind people of Ken’s great contribution to education in the UK and around the world.
Ken, originally from Liverpool, has the most watched TED talk ever, titled “Do schools kill creativity?”, with over 65 million views, which you can watch via our Top TED Talks section. Ken often challenged contemporary learning, believing schools taught pupils to be good workers and not creative thinkers. In 1998, he led the UK ‘s government committee on creative and cultural education, along with many other projects nationally and internationally, resulting in a knighthood in 2003.
Ken’s unique contribution to education, especially about the significance of one’s creativity and developing a personal approach in schooling, will be sadly missed. Here are some of his amazing quotes to ponder on:
- “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
- “The fact is that given the challenges we face; education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education, but to personalise it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
- “Creativity is as important as literacy”
- “Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep. You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves.”
- “Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardising in the way we educate our children and ourselves.”
- “We have to recognise 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.”
- “We know three things about intelligence: One, it’s diverse, we think about the world in all the ways we experience it. We think visually, we think in sound, we think kinaesthetically. We think in abstract terms, we think in movement.”