How to escape education's death valley | Sir Ken Robinson

  • Опубликовано: 10 май 2013
  • 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.
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Комментарии • 2 218

  • Anon
    Anon День назад

    Simulate learning, less grading, encourage curiosity, Benjamin Franklin there are people who are immovable who are movable and who move

  • Kiel Powell
    Kiel Powell 2 дня назад

    He needs to be the Secretary of Education! He isn't even a genius. Everything he said is sadly obvious. A majority of Americans just turn a blind eye to the facts. We need to change our system. And his suggestions are things I've stated since I attended high school.

  • laguera
    laguera 8 дней назад

    Love this guy. The way of explaining. 😁👍

  • Soul Alchemist
    Soul Alchemist 11 дней назад

    He should become the world leader

  • The S-Rex
    The S-Rex 11 дней назад

    This was disliked by a bunch of teachers.

  • Tommy Mene03
    Tommy Mene03 11 дней назад

    My art history teacher only read what's inside of the book. He say that we have to study and at the end of the year he valuate only our votes

  • Style Walker
    Style Walker 11 дней назад

    scholarships are available for international students 2018

  • Isaac S.
    Isaac S. 11 дней назад

    Love this talk. Would greatly appreciate if you could check out my TEDx talk entitled "The 3 Bones of Networking for Student Success":видео.html&t=24s
    Thanks in advance!

  • The Idiot Brain
    The Idiot Brain 14 дней назад

    I took a 2 year welding course. At college.. Got me a decent job out of it.. However. I learnt everything on the job.
    Blueprints my work uses are different then school. I dont need math, Metalurgy, english etc..
    I didnt even T.I.G. weld aluminum in school. So I learnt it quick once I got hired..
    School got me a piece of paper saying I passed a welding course.
    But I could of just said I had it.. And got the same result. (They never asked to see it)

  • Lebal De Vam Pire
    Lebal De Vam Pire 17 дней назад

    This is great. He is confirming what I already know (and most people do not): every child is born a genius only to be turned into an idiot by the school.

  • Nguyen Minh Tri
    Nguyen Minh Tri 17 дней назад

    All things he said about school is totally true. I spent more than 12 years studying at school but I have to admit that I can't learn anything from school. Going to school only waste my time and effort. They never teach me necessary things they only try to force students to become affable like robots. That's why I hate going to school all the time

  • karlanda barnett
    karlanda barnett 17 дней назад

    i am thanking Jesus for a pray answered. I now know what my grandchildren need. Thank you Sir Ken Robinson for being yourself and talking about real simple truths of today education.

  • Acia Granger
    Acia Granger 19 дней назад

    This guy is talking for America but right then I think he spoke for education across the planet✨✨

  • D Sharma
    D Sharma 19 дней назад

    Nothing much changed .

  • MrKasenom
    MrKasenom 21 день назад

    Well at least the American clapping myth ia true.

  • Azzdine Dahmani
    Azzdine Dahmani 22 дня назад

    First of all i want to thank this men for this video .it is very useful . In my opinion i agree with him that our school kills creativity .so we have to rethink in our education system and change our conception about structure education system . And finally WE Hope to achieve this purpose in future

  • Make world Vegan
    Make world Vegan 23 дня назад

    kids should be able to choose a good job they want then go into a program that only teaches what is needed for that job so they can have a house car and Job they like before 18. school shouldn't be mandatory. give the child more choice and individualized education. no one size fits all. kids naturally Wana learn.
    add means the person is not paying attention to what they want them to. it's good to not pay attention to useless info but the school.often thinks otherwise cuz their check might be based on student test scores.
    it's good to be hyper.

  • Jonathan manning
    Jonathan manning 25 дней назад

    Maybe they think Americans don't get irony because people always say that's ironic when a coincidence happens

  • Mr.Larry
    Mr.Larry 26 дней назад

    I love Finland.

  • ParalyticDreamz
    ParalyticDreamz 26 дней назад

    This is the exact kind of stuff I've been saying my whole life. I'm currently 14, and I've been in and out of multiple schools attempting to escape these sorts of things. I've learned the system and recognized it's flaws from many standpoints. I'm hoping that when I'm older I can go into government and make a change for the next generation.

  • Matvey Ovinov
    Matvey Ovinov 27 дней назад

    There is one more problem: many teachers are really conservative. For example, my Literature teacher doesn't allow us to use our phones to read e-books. She doesn't even want to listen to our arguments. "It isn't a book! It hasn't bookmarks!" No, my dear, it has. And so on, and so forth...

  • Hans Jürgen Vetter
    Hans Jürgen Vetter Месяц назад

    It was Albert Einstein who said once back then ...
    "If someone cannot explain it in simple terms, he has not understood it!" ...
    That's what I love so much with Sir Ken Robinson ... he is able to explain to us in simple but beautiful terms not only what goes wrong in the educational system around the globe, but also what the path into the future should or better must become ... , so that everybody of us can follow and nobody is left behind ... THANK YOU Ken Robinson!

  • Alex
    Alex Месяц назад

    Wrestling, in high school brought out my strengths in leadership, otherwise I would still be dormant.

  • KINDOVAH 365always
    KINDOVAH 365always Месяц назад

    I look at the education system and realize if it does change i wont be a student at the time and it pisses me off

  • Home Wall
    Home Wall Месяц назад

    AI is now and will continue to make all human education worthless for the vast majority of students, much as machinery has removed most need for human strength, and even the military is slowly reducing the need for brave fighting soldiers.

  • David Sharrock
    David Sharrock Месяц назад

    Education is not a mechanical system but a human one. I agree but legislation alone is not to blame. We live in an increasingly science-centric reductionist society where we are told that there is no difference between a human brain and a computer and in time a computer with human level intelligence will exist. Scientific mechanistic and materialist views were responsible for the industrial age (where modern schooling has its roots) and are now responsible for the dehumanizing effects of modern culture. Your iphone is more important than the person sitting next to you. This is the mantra of modern teaching where the emphasis is on technology mathematics and science and not the arts or creative humanities.

  • Spacerogue
    Spacerogue Месяц назад

    I wish I lived in a world where education was created by this man. I would have had a future.

  • Fox Juan
    Fox Juan Месяц назад

    Don't be surprise if they start to fidget... said the man in 2013

  • Aerial J
    Aerial J Месяц назад

    This talk is so damn true

  • Nick Murdach
    Nick Murdach Месяц назад

    I’m watching this during finals week. I agree. Tests are overused and aimless.

  • Jerry Of All Trades
    Jerry Of All Trades Месяц назад

    This kinda inspires me to write up something on my high school career and how I shouldn't have needed to take as many loopholes as I did to cater to my personal needs. Or how even after those loopholes it still took until my senior year to find classes/ways to educate myself on my career outside of band class (being that I want to focus on music technologies and audiology).

  • L Lawliot
    L Lawliot Месяц назад

    I wanna be like him when I grow up

  • راعي الأوله
    راعي الأوله Месяц назад

    So simple yet essential

  • Yousef Elsayed
    Yousef Elsayed Месяц назад

    Great speech, thank you.

  • Gasagara n thacien
    Gasagara n thacien Месяц назад

    Only in the first Minute, I like this guy!

  • Adrian Shelton
    Adrian Shelton Месяц назад

    Yep, American public school education is all about that "make them sit very still and straight and shut up and memorize this stuff for the standardized test...if they can't sit still, diagnose them with the attention deficit disorder and put that Ritalin in them...limit their playtimes/sleep times/fun times/keep them serious...teach them how to be a good student...HEY STOP LAUGHING! Get them into the elementary school and into the middle school and then into the high school, dress 'em up for prom, then immediately cap-and-gown them and graduate them from high school, and take a million pictures but don't do anything with the pictures...OH BY THE WAY some of these students weren't good students so there's that pipeline to prison so get their butts into those private and federal prisons! Get the rest of them into all the colleges and put the parents into debt on the tuition and room and board, textbooks and stuff...hey I see you're in debt, maybe you might need a loan...oh I see you now have six loans, so can I offer you a consolidated one...MONEY IN MY POCKETS! Then when they graduate college, have them enter the brutal work force and keep setting the bar of success higher and higher with requirements for higher-level degrees just to get something barely a dollar more an hour than working at the 10,000 McDonald's...HEY YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO START A BUSINESS, GET BACK IN THERE AND KEEP WORKING FOR THAT CEO!!! Of I see you got another degree and then you got laid off/fired/terminated by your about attending this school and getting another degree at the price of yet another one of your arms and legs? MORE MONEY IN MY POCKETS! So you're crying because you're deep in debt and you don't got a job and are homeless, eh? Well you shouldn't have gotten in that situation in the first place but you best better pull yourself up by your bootstraps and try to open your own business, idiot...So you now want to teach kids because you failed at life and so that's pretty much all you can do, so get your teaching certification and start drilling this standardized test information into their brains...hey, you got preschoolers and kindergartners so you better make them sit still and straight, tell them to shut up, pay attention, limit the play time/nap times/fun times..."
    The cycle just keeps on going, going, going.

  • T High
    T High Месяц назад

    For one, it shouldnt be forced!

  • James Hicks
    James Hicks Месяц назад


  • Alexian%
    Alexian% Месяц назад

    Please someone fix the school system already 😭

  • Jordan@Liverpool
    Jordan@Liverpool Месяц назад

    The UK's education system is deeply problematic too! Right now, on the whole, schools aren't driving their students to dream big and aim for the top jobs and thus make a better life for themselves. I made a video about it here, which might be of interest:видео.html

  • Arlan Berglas
    Arlan Berglas Месяц назад

    Let's collaborate to Help Students Succeed! - Together WE can make a difference!

  • Kevin Mathewson
    Kevin Mathewson 2 месяца назад

    There is a deeper problem. We rise to meet the dignity of our peers. Rise too far, or not far enough, and we leave their company. What's missing is dignity in the broader culture of America, and, deeper still, a cohesive identity. Often the young american student must choose to fit in _or_ succeed, one or the other. You can imagine a mass of drowning people clinging to each other, each person dragging down his or her neighbors.
    American culture is deeply scarred. Imagine a stereotype, imagine a gum-chewing teenage girl with her eyelids halfway closed, leaning back on something, can't be bothered to engage with what's going on around her. The typical American imagines this stereotype and begins to seethe with rage, while a normal person immediately senses that the girl is protecting herself, she simply does not believe in herself. She sees herself as dumb, and the people around her see themselves as dumb, they are drowning people clinging to each other, and to try, to care, is to take an emotional risk she and they would prefer not to take.
    This is symptomatic of deeper ills in American society.

  • Zainu dcet
    Zainu dcet 2 месяца назад

    He reserved standing oviation!

  • Goldenshark 14
    Goldenshark 14 2 месяца назад

    Choosing what you study is more important than forcing people. If we gave equal weight and time to all subjects, nobody would learn a great deal about any particular subject. Forcing people like me to do arts and music would be pointless as I have no interest or talent for such things, and are better placed doing only STEM subjects; and the same principal works for people who have more artistic talents. This is where A Levels and degrees come in to their own.

    THE DUDE 2 месяца назад

    Most of the parents & teachers & supposedly grown up people would cringe on the sight of this guy! It's etched on their brains that all the School-Hating by children & teens is just a "hoax".... A trumpy opinion!!!

  • Shk 1816
    Shk 1816 2 месяца назад

    But instead of investing the budget in paying more to teachers, preparing them, giving them tools and materials to do their job, the schools spend giant amounts of money in unnnecesary, excesive amounts of administrators, who never worked as teachers, not even a year, because is important to create jobs to cousins, friends, sons, use the budget to hire unnecesary and uncapable people, corruption is everywhere, not only in Washington.

  • Cyberat Rodent
    Cyberat Rodent 2 месяца назад

    Teaching, learning, subjects and testing all have their place. Facilitating learning is great but not without a subject to teach. I think you are wrong.
    And as far as accomplishing that, we need to open up the format of schools and classes from what they were/are traditionally.

  • Cyberat Rodent
    Cyberat Rodent 2 месяца назад

    It's called EMBEZZLEMENT and UNIONS.
    Quality Education can Never be a Business. The result being bad teachers and bad school managers.

  • Average Commenter
    Average Commenter 2 месяца назад

    Wow, this guy must have seen rick and morty

  • Jared Emfield
    Jared Emfield 2 месяца назад

    Politicians' obsession with data comes from the desire to get reelected. Data can be put on a billboard and campaigned on. Most things that matter in education are difficult to express in clever one-liners and tweets.

  • ata ghoutisaz
    ata ghoutisaz 3 месяца назад

    Can listen to this guy my whole life!

  • Christie Agatha
    Christie Agatha 3 месяца назад

    i can't understand why they laugh

  • David Dirkse
    David Dirkse 3 месяца назад

    Most of this video is bogus, a caricature. OK, improvements are possible. Individualized teaching is always more effective but also much more expensive. Last: nothing wrong with listening to teachers explaining theories.

  • Dark Soul
    Dark Soul 3 месяца назад

    Thank you

  • Michał M.
    Michał M. 3 месяца назад

    That single laugh at 16:51 :D

  • Tan Tran
    Tan Tran 3 месяца назад

    Sir KR *tips hat*

  • princess melody
    princess melody 3 месяца назад

    Great speach so witty and funny loved his sense of humour 👏👏👏👏🖒 well done

  • braselectron
    braselectron 3 месяца назад


  • MrBlackOwner
    MrBlackOwner 3 месяца назад

    You could dress 27 people with his oversized suit. Great talk tho

    J BLAST 3 месяца назад

    the most funny part is almost no one in the crowed is real taking these words to heart but just but when you conform you don't perform

  • Rajat Jain
    Rajat Jain 3 месяца назад

    By far, one of the best talk.

  • Hambardzum Galstyan
    Hambardzum Galstyan 3 месяца назад

    nice pants...

  • Juli Arr
    Juli Arr 3 месяца назад

    What a wonderful and inspiring man!

  • Raj Das
    Raj Das 3 месяца назад

    One of the best TED Talks I've heard in a while.

  • Yilin Chen
    Yilin Chen 3 месяца назад

    that's exactly what Montessori schools do, they don't put children into different classes based on their IQ, they put kids together but each kid has his/her own curriculum and teach kids how to learn actively. Yes, Bill Gates went to Montessori school, and he learned what he need to be an entrepreneur by himself.

  • opine
    opine 3 месяца назад

    our public schools are run by liberals in the USA, and they teach kids liberal ideas like global warming. their creating future democrats/voters. its all about brainwashing and control.

  • Michael Kingston
    Michael Kingston 3 месяца назад

    As an educator I see how shifting student mindsets is instrumental in transformative change. This also reshapes the role of the teacher and education system. For teachers out there, I’ve built a free lesson pack to teach, practice and embed this concept:

  • joey song
    joey song 3 месяца назад

    I found a pretty interesting take on what Colleges should do to solve the high cost and lack of access problem;видео.html

  • Jan Lay
    Jan Lay 3 месяца назад

    Wanted to cry - almost every educational conference/workshop I attend has these same principals. Getting all to to apply them...ahhhh...different story!

  • yehya elkhashab
    yehya elkhashab 3 месяца назад

    Best ted I've ever seen.

  • Öykü Özer
    Öykü Özer 3 месяца назад


    KDSVSRK 3 месяца назад

    you compare your ed systems with finland and say they are not up to the mark
    In my india there is scope for ALTERNATE EDUCATION but our people fall on your culture

  • mpekula isaac
    mpekula isaac 4 месяца назад

    Sir Ken is really an amazing man to listen. He teaches what real education is. Thanks for sharing

  • Denise Shaw
    Denise Shaw 4 месяца назад

    Free them (the schools) up from standardized tests. Start there.

  • Tapashya Rasaily
    Tapashya Rasaily 4 месяца назад

    children are not suffering from psychological disorders they're suffering from childhood...

  • Alyssa Pekarcik
    Alyssa Pekarcik 4 месяца назад

    I'm currently doing student teaching and instead of writing lessons that engage students' creativity, curiosity and individuality, I'm stressed about meeting government based standards regarding my Teacher Performance Assessment and other standardized tests. Playing the game for now, but I hope to go back and hear Robinson's words and get my future students out of their "death vallies" in learning.

  • Humble Eurus
    Humble Eurus 4 месяца назад

    My dad believes it is the student's duty to develop the attitude and mindset to make education bearable and we are shamed for not appreciating our blessings and opportunities to access education.

  • 莫特
    莫特 4 месяца назад

    when you retun to the school life that you may understand what he say because i have the same idea

  • Geralt
    Geralt 4 месяца назад

    One of the good old TED talks without all that SJW bullshit

  • Jester 3401
    Jester 3401 4 месяца назад

    I lost interest in learning new things and science because of the education system. The reason I'm telling this is in the video.

  • Peter Sarabia
    Peter Sarabia 4 месяца назад

    That's it

  • Danny Danni
    Danny Danni 4 месяца назад

    this happens in the whole world,humanity is broken because of stupid retarded garbage we let take important decision for the whole world

  • Kevin Wagoner
    Kevin Wagoner 4 месяца назад

    Quite possibly the best TED talk I've seen. Bravo.

  • 박상준
    박상준 4 месяца назад


  • Ethan Hunter
    Ethan Hunter 4 месяца назад

    Wish there was some more actual evidence in this talk. I'm not convinced america needs to change its education policy. Seems to be working alright, and america is a very unique country.

  • MischievousMoo
    MischievousMoo 4 месяца назад

    To get a better education, do one of these.
    Go to Finland
    Go to a Montessori school
    Go to another type of school
    Get home schooled
    Somehow make the Government change the traditional education system

  • MischievousMoo
    MischievousMoo 4 месяца назад

    I don't learn in school. I am only in school to get a degree and to appease my parents.

  • Brother LT118
    Brother LT118 4 месяца назад

    17:14, wow she is beautiful.

  • Brother LT118
    Brother LT118 4 месяца назад +1

    Phhhh, I mix up the kids all the time.

  • wunkewldewd
    wunkewldewd 4 месяца назад

    This is such brain fluff. 6.5 minutes in and literally all he has said of substance is 1. No child left behind isn't good (without evidence or citation), 2. Children are diverse (amazing insight there, bud), and 3. Children are children. He could've said all of this in the first 20 seconds. Most of it is him peddling what he thinks are clever little witticisms in a British accent. What a load of crap, no wonder TED talks cost thousands and pander to the iamverysmart/desperate to be seen as intellectual crowd.
    An example: he spent from 7:40-8:00 on a _single_ subpar joke. That's 1/60th of his talk, and that was a single joke of many.

  • CraftsMAN
    CraftsMAN 4 месяца назад

    Highschool dropout here, Diagnosed with ADD as a child. Now I am a doctor. Left my doctoral program with a 3.98 GPA and a model that I invented, drew up, and tested is being patented in the US Patent office.

  • EndieGLITCH
    EndieGLITCH 4 месяца назад

    Well, I think Hikaru and Kaoru already proved his bet wrong in the first four minutes.

  • Shamir George
    Shamir George 4 месяца назад

    I hate this guy. He's an idiot who doesn't know anything.

  • Durell Nelson
    Durell Nelson 4 месяца назад

    This guy is good

  • Garba Hamadou
    Garba Hamadou 4 месяца назад

    These video is very helpful for novel teachers and all experienced ones, due to it focuses on how the students should be seen by the teachers.

  • olan olin
    olan olin 4 месяца назад

    Investing in professional development is not a cost.
    It's an Investment.

  • Olatunde Idris Oparemi
    Olatunde Idris Oparemi 5 месяцев назад

    Wow! I´ve said this many years ago. Testing shouldn´t be the underlining objective of learning. Many students study to pass a test or an exam rather than studying to learn!!!

  • Luck Searcher
    Luck Searcher 5 месяцев назад

    I want to go back to school and yell at my teachers