On Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, Sir Ken Robinson delivered a keynote speech for Vail Symposium’s EDUCATE! event. Here are seven great quotes from the internationally renowned educator whose “Do Schools Kill Creativity” TED Talk has garnered almost 68 million views.
- “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 standardize education, but to personalize 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 jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.”
- “We have to go from what is essentially an industrial model of education, a manufacturing model, which is based on linearity and conformity and batching people. We have to move to a model that is based more on principles of agriculture. 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.”
- “When my son, James, was doing homework for school, he would have five or six windows open on his computer; Instant Messenger was flashing continuously; his cell phone was constantly ringing and he was downloading music and watching the TV over his shoulder. I don’t know if he was doing any homework, but he was running an empire as far as I could see, so I didn’t really care.”