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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  • Levar Kizer
    Levar Kizer 4 дня назад +1

    Check out Levar Kizer on RUclip (this is my letter to the president) Kizer Soze

  • DavidL47
    DavidL47 5 дней назад

    12:20 what does he mean by "i was only person there?" TT

  • MichaelKingsfordGray
    MichaelKingsfordGray 5 дней назад

    Clear and well-spoken. 19 minutes to say what could be said in a few sentences, but then he is talking at Yanks. Plenty-o-SJW aposematic fake spectacle-frames in the audience, but surprisingly few bright hair-dyes in evidence. I thought that all teachers these days have to be:

    1) Lesbians. No males! 2) Identity Marxists. 3) Anti-scientific. 4) Anti-evidence. 5) ANTI-MALE!!
    6) Racist. (White folk are evil) 7) Mental infants.

  • ruinsane911
    ruinsane911 6 дней назад

    I got a question. At the very beginning, the lecturer says " I moved to America , Actually, truthfully, I moved to Los angeles.. " then people laughed... I dont' get it..why were they laughing...please answer me. I'm Korean trying to understand TED.any explanation?

  • Vincent Wei
    Vincent Wei 8 дней назад

    I feel like, although Robinson makes some good points, he muddles up the actual good education systems with the bad ones; Hong Kong and South Korea take standardized testing to the far extreme- making the US look like rainbows and unicorns by comparison- suicide is a regular ritual as a result of the stress of DSEs in Hong Kong, and in South Korea they have extra tutor sessions that drag on into midnight. Sure, in studies like the PISA they statistically look great, but they are definitely no better than the US's. The real good ones are probably places like Singapore and Finland; however, some additional food for thought would be the fact that places like the US and Israel remain dynamic and entrepreneurial despite their poor rankings on the PISA score. Maybe this simply means we are getting education wrong on a fundamental level.

  • Ransom Bodeen
    Ransom Bodeen 9 дней назад

    As an educator I agree with all he says. I wonder though, having to be a part of the decision making process that forms these imperfect systems in which we participate, if he could actually help to generally improve the areas which he here addresses.

  • Soumendra Krishna Deb
    Soumendra Krishna Deb 20 дней назад

    14:00 GOLD

  • Andy Choi
    Andy Choi 20 дней назад

    As a teacher, sometimes, I feel as if I were delivering the knowledge to my kids.. instead of stimulating them

  • Aman Kumar
    Aman Kumar 23 дня назад

    I would have given a standing ovation

  • Con S
    Con S 23 дня назад

    The mark of an incredible speaker is making his audience laugh at his friend’s death

  • Adrian Garcia
    Adrian Garcia 28 дней назад

    “Thænk yoh”.

  • neglesaks
    neglesaks Месяц назад

    A good talk marred by misplaced humorous interjections that makes the man seem like a stand up comedian.

  • writerconsidered
    writerconsidered Месяц назад

    Well they changed the test to common core, a different seat on the titanic. Honestly if I was young again I would leave this third world nation.

  • PixelTheDragon
    PixelTheDragon Месяц назад

    Poor deborah of room 34. Press f to pay respects.

  • Noah Loyd
    Noah Loyd Месяц назад

    This lecture was very well said. Great job!

  • Illegirl// JK can drown in my 1 dimple twice.

    Half the videois of this guy trying to speak and the other half is of the DAMN AUDIENCE LAUGHING AND CLAPPING. I GET IT, IT'S FUNNY BUT PLEASE REFRAIN YOUR APPLAUSE SO I CAN CONTINUE.

  • Doctor Manhattan
    Doctor Manhattan Месяц назад

    Not that funny but I understand the logic of what he is saying. America 😞

  • super sanik racing
    super sanik racing Месяц назад

    Same in the UK....
    Trust me I am a Student

  • Nolvora
    Nolvora Месяц назад

    one class that should be obligatory is teaching how to learn.

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Месяц назад

    Did he know nurjevej USSR jumper

  • Kirstine Termansen
    Kirstine Termansen Месяц назад

    Wily drsss code better then Copenhagen Sanders what do you think 🤔

  • dragn26
    dragn26 Месяц назад

    Best Ted talk I've ever watched

  • Lifebee LifeBee
    Lifebee LifeBee Месяц назад

    Love this common sense speach

  • Father Man
    Father Man Месяц назад

    5 years and nothing.

  • makemeanapple
    makemeanapple Месяц назад

    can yall stop clapping every time he finishes a thought jfc

  • commodore665
    commodore665 Месяц назад

    A folk song pops into mind - " Little boxes on the hillside little boxes made out of ticky tacky , and they all look just the same "

  • Márcio
    Márcio Месяц назад


  • Toti Fanara
    Toti Fanara Месяц назад

    The thumb down counter on this youtube video is a stupidity indicator where idiots have voluntarily provided data about themselves and their ignorance... we can only assume that if they've actually listened to the whole video and then clicked or tapped that icon, they are hardcore imbeciles beyond any possibility of recovery, even if society was to achieve the improvements that were described in the video in a pleasant delivery which managed to keep interesting and entertaining a topic that would often be deemed extremely boring. Those "thumdowners" (or should we say dumb towners?) weren't even able to enjoy this video at a comedic level which is something truly sad... their life must be so dull one could only pity them and hope to never cross their path as such level of idiocy might actually be able to infect others.

  • Robert Fleming
    Robert Fleming Месяц назад

    That Radiohead reference...this guy isn't just brilliant, but really funny!

  • Turquoise Diamond
    Turquoise Diamond 2 месяца назад

    I wanted to focus more on Brain Training (with the little mini-games that keep your brain fit) and then read an entire library and an encyclopedia than actually focusing on my studies..

  • Turquoise Diamond
    Turquoise Diamond 2 месяца назад

    I wanted to focus more on Brain Training (with the little mini-games that keep your brain fit) and then read an entire library and an encyclopedia than actually focusing on my studies...

  • into_ perspective
    into_ perspective 2 месяца назад

    Financing, psychology, dieting, cinematography, photography, music, drawing and so much more that i'm interested in.. i don't know what to study in college honestly it's seems pointless... a waste of money and time

  • Alec Dorman
    Alec Dorman 2 месяца назад

    Could you imagine what the world would be like if all teachers were like Ken Robinson?

  • rohit shivnani
    rohit shivnani 2 месяца назад

    I feel a deep sense of anger .My entire life was a lie

  • Lauren Rebec
    Lauren Rebec 2 месяца назад

    Every educator should watch his ted talks before given a degree.

  • SKYRULE-49
    SKYRULE-49 2 месяца назад +1

    Why isn t he department of Ed? oh, that's why, because it makes too much since!

  • Daniel Epic cat man
    Daniel Epic cat man 2 месяца назад

    I can confirm, everything he said about school is true.
    Because im 13.

  • steven uk1
    steven uk1 2 месяца назад

    thank god someone has explained how schooling & education should be done.

  • Lets Play Skeledragon9
    Lets Play Skeledragon9 2 месяца назад

    The frustrating part in this video is the audience laughing at anything

  • Corey macpherson
    Corey macpherson 2 месяца назад

    Guys I swear I just got free $3154_real money from this_amazing website>>>> Try once.

  • Chief Bearmight
    Chief Bearmight 2 месяца назад

    Ive never really been good at, really speaking my ideas or what i think about, but this Man captures all of that so easily and so quickly that its astounds me that he isn't already creating a new system to replace the old one. One point i wanted to touch on is at 10:40 he discusses alternate imaginary realities. That hits home for me, i used to be a really good cog i the industry building school system, i ceased to be at around the high school age when after gathering so much pointless knowledge that we're just a bunch of robots being build for a dull and repetitive purpose to fill the needs of some big wig while we stand in lines like human cattle. This time was also around when i really began really losing my self in these grand perfect worlds within my imagination, where the societal norm was non existent, and to be honest i should have taken art classes in HS it would have benefited me greatly now. As of the last 6 years since leaving HS Ive struggled between my families constant "industrial propaganda" that the school system is built on, about what career to take. I'm 24, my ill managed joints and limbs feel like they're middle aged, while my mind set has me pegged as a grumpy old man looking back at the "good old days"..."no child left behind" they said, what of the millions like myself who didn't fit the machine? To me personally, life feels like it has no meaning working the white collar 9-5, been their and tried it. since mid HS i tried my damnedest to pretend like it wasn't their or that i was truly fine with how life was taking me, but comments section whether you sympathize with me or think im full of myself and i should get over it, I am just one of millions who now suffer from crippling depression, anxiety, and am at high risk for suicide. That constant nagging itch of not feeling like i belong in this assembly line of works that people call "Life", so when i hear "no child left behind" it really doesn't feel like it when you hear of the many young people committing suicide ever day, granted it could be for a vast many number of things, But for those like me that understand what it feels like, i cant say i have any reassuring words that sound like "just take it a day at a time" or "everything gets better eventually" because it really doesn't. All i can say is just hold on, find something that does make you happy, find something even a minuscule of reason to cling to and dont let it go.
    Sorry to take up a chuck on your time, didn't meant for it to get so depressing, but it really resonated with me and lit a fire inside me that i just had to share, even if its just the youtube comments section.

  • Augusta Leblanc
    Augusta Leblanc 2 месяца назад +1

    Ted talks tought me how to write conclusions for my essays

  • Hans Jürgen Vetter
    Hans Jürgen Vetter 2 месяца назад

    A leader for education ... that is clear ... is Sir Ken Robinson!

  • Christopher mathew alex
    Christopher mathew alex 3 месяца назад

    I saw his 2006 talk And thats quite interesting, this one also better

  • Keyemku
    Keyemku 3 месяца назад

    I will tell you the lesson school has taught me, and the person it's made me and the person I'll never be again.
    I will never be a creative person again and I will never be able to chase my dreams. Why? Well I've lost the creativity to do so. All my life I've been told to get my heads out of the clouds, to stop writing stories, writing essays is more important, in elementary school ai was told to paint a portrait not of what I wanted but of what they told me to paint. And now as I go through high school, and everyone tells me to go into STEM and how I can get a career at google and hoe much I need to be good at math and science, I've officially lost all of my creativity and motivation. I've been told my whole life that this world wasn't made for me, and I've come to believe it. Thank you eduacation, thank you for turning me into a different person, for the worst.

    • GoobNoob
      GoobNoob 25 дней назад

      Keyemku it’s not that hard to get creative again. Just read some interesting history books. Just like those big books on discount in the front of Barnes and Nobles, or grab a book that teaches you how to do something that you might have never particularly been interested in, but would be cool to know how to do.

  • Keyemku
    Keyemku 3 месяца назад

    Fucking nailed it. I'm sure if you asked most dropouts why they dropped out, they won't tell you it's because they hated the work, they'll tell you that it was pointless.

  • Holmes
    Holmes 3 месяца назад

    Очень интересно)

  • Micah Buzan
    Micah Buzan 3 месяца назад

    At a certain point, conventional education becomes indiscernible from indoctrination.

  • Sean Billmyer
    Sean Billmyer 3 месяца назад

    It's not about learning it's about passing the tests

  • MinistryMuzik
    MinistryMuzik 3 месяца назад


  • קמרוןSnipethemapplesקמרון
    קמרוןSnipethemapplesקמרון 3 месяца назад

    I preferred his past voice.

  • Anon
    Anon 3 месяца назад +1

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

  • Kiel Powell
    Kiel Powell 3 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

    Love this guy. The way of explaining. 😁👍

  • Soul Alchemist
    Soul Alchemist 4 месяца назад

    He should become the world leader

  • The S-Rex
    The S-Rex 4 месяца назад

    This was disliked by a bunch of teachers.

  • Tommy Mene03
    Tommy Mene03 4 месяца 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

  • Ruqiya Nasir
    Ruqiya Nasir 4 месяца назад

    scholarships are available for international students 2018

  • Isaac S.
    Isaac S. 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

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

  • D Sharma
    D Sharma 4 месяца назад

    Nothing much changed .

  • MrKasenom
    MrKasenom 4 месяца назад

    Well at least the American clapping myth ia true.

  • Azzdine Dahmani
    Azzdine Dahmani 4 месяца 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

  • Dr. Seuss
    Dr. Seuss 4 месяца назад

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

  • Mr.Larry
    Mr.Larry 4 месяца назад

    I love Finland.

  • para
    para 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

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

  • KINDOVAH 365always
    KINDOVAH 365always 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

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

  • Aerial J
    Aerial J 4 месяца назад

    This talk is so damn true

  • Nick Murdach
    Nick Murdach 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Jerry Of All Trades
    Jerry Of All Trades 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев назад

    I wanna be like him when I grow up

  • راعي الأوله
    راعي الأوله 5 месяцев назад

    So simple yet essential

  • Yousef Elsayed
    Yousef Elsayed 5 месяцев назад

    Great speech, thank you.

  • Gasagara n thacien
    Gasagara n thacien 5 месяцев назад

    Only in the first Minute, I like this guy!

  • Adrian Shelton
    Adrian Shelton 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев назад

    For one, it shouldnt be forced!

  • James Hicks
    James Hicks 5 месяцев назад


  • Alexian%
    Alexian% 5 месяцев назад

    Please someone fix the school system already 😭

  • Jordan@Liverpool
    Jordan@Liverpool 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Kevin Mathewson
    Kevin Mathewson 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев назад

    He reserved standing oviation!

  • Goldenshark 14
    Goldenshark 14 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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.

  • Average Commenter
    Average Commenter 6 месяцев назад

    Wow, this guy must have seen rick and morty

  • Jared Emfield
    Jared Emfield 6 месяцев 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.