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 • 2 271

  • Turquoise Diamond
    Turquoise Diamond День 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 День 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 дня 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 дня назад

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

  • rohit shivnani
    rohit shivnani 8 дней назад

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

  • Lauren Rebec
    Lauren Rebec 9 дней назад

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

  • SKYRULE-49
    SKYRULE-49 10 дней 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 11 дней назад

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

  • steven uk1
    steven uk1 13 дней назад

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

  • 이수
    이수 13 дней назад

    South korean schools haven't changed yet... They told us "we inovated education process!" But students still says "i wanna drop's full of meaningless boring classes" why can't we be happy in school?? (my english is not good. Please understand that.)

  • Lets Play Skeledragon9
    Lets Play Skeledragon9 14 дней назад

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

  • Corey macpherson
    Corey macpherson 14 дней назад

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

  • Chief Bearmight
    Chief Bearmight 15 дней 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 25 дней назад +1

    Ted talks tought me how to write conclusions for my essays

  • Hans Jürgen Vetter
    Hans Jürgen Vetter 29 дней назад

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

  • Christopher mathew alex
    Christopher mathew alex Месяц назад

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

  • Keyemku
    Keyemku Месяц 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.

  • Keyemku
    Keyemku Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    Очень интересно)

  • Micah Buzan
    Micah Buzan Месяц назад

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

  • Sean Billmyer
    Sean Billmyer Месяц назад

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

  • MinistryMuzik
    MinistryMuzik Месяц назад


  • Snipethemapples
    Snipethemapples Месяц назад

    I preferred his past voice.

  • Anon
    Anon Месяц 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 Месяц 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 2 месяца назад

    Love this guy. The way of explaining. 😁👍

  • Soul Alchemist
    Soul Alchemist 2 месяца назад

    He should become the world leader

  • The S-Rex
    The S-Rex 2 месяца назад

    This was disliked by a bunch of teachers.

  • Tommy Mene03
    Tommy Mene03 2 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

  • Style Walker
    Style Walker 2 месяца назад

    scholarships are available for international students 2018

  • Isaac S.
    Isaac S. 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 месяца назад

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

  • D Sharma
    D Sharma 2 месяца назад

    Nothing much changed .

  • MrKasenom
    MrKasenom 2 месяца назад

    Well at least the American clapping myth ia true.

  • Azzdine Dahmani
    Azzdine Dahmani 2 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

  • Jonathan manning
    Jonathan manning 2 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 2 месяца назад

    I love Finland.

  • para
    para 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 месяца назад

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

  • KINDOVAH 365always
    KINDOVAH 365always 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 месяца назад

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

  • Aerial J
    Aerial J 2 месяца назад

    This talk is so damn true

  • Nick Murdach
    Nick Murdach 3 месяца назад

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

  • Jerry Of All Trades
    Jerry Of All Trades 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    I wanna be like him when I grow up

  • راعي الأوله
    راعي الأوله 3 месяца назад

    So simple yet essential

  • Yousef Elsayed
    Yousef Elsayed 3 месяца назад

    Great speech, thank you.

  • Gasagara n thacien
    Gasagara n thacien 3 месяца назад

    Only in the first Minute, I like this guy!

  • Adrian Shelton
    Adrian Shelton 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

    For one, it shouldnt be forced!

  • James Hicks
    James Hicks 3 месяца назад


  • Alexian%
    Alexian% 3 месяца назад

    Please someone fix the school system already 😭

  • Jordan@Liverpool
    Jordan@Liverpool 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • Kevin Mathewson
    Kevin Mathewson 3 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 3 месяца назад

    He reserved standing oviation!

  • Goldenshark 14
    Goldenshark 14 4 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 4 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 4 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.

  • Average Commenter
    Average Commenter 4 месяца назад

    Wow, this guy must have seen rick and morty

  • Jared Emfield
    Jared Emfield 4 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 4 месяца назад

    Can listen to this guy my whole life!

  • Christie Agatha
    Christie Agatha 4 месяца назад

    i can't understand why they laugh

  • David Dirkse
    David Dirkse 4 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 5 месяцев назад

    Thank you

  • Michał M.
    Michał M. 5 месяцев назад

    That single laugh at 16:51 :D

  • Tan Tran
    Tan Tran 5 месяцев назад

    Sir KR *tips hat*

  • princess melody
    princess melody 5 месяцев назад

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

  • braselectron
    braselectron 5 месяцев назад


  • MrBlackOwner
    MrBlackOwner 5 месяцев назад

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

    J BLAST 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев назад

    By far, one of the best talk.

  • Hambardzum Galstyan
    Hambardzum Galstyan 5 месяцев назад

    nice pants...

  • Juli Arr
    Juli Arr 5 месяцев назад

    What a wonderful and inspiring man!

  • Raj Das
    Raj Das 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Yilin Chen
    Yilin Chen 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев назад

    Best ted I've ever seen.

  • Öykü Özer
    Öykü Özer 5 месяцев назад


    KDSVSRK 5 месяцев 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 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Denise Shaw
    Denise Shaw 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Tapashya Rasaily
    Tapashya Rasaily 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Alyssa Pekarcik
    Alyssa Pekarcik 5 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

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