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

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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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10 Mai 2013



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Sam Guan
Sam Guan 2 dias atrás
Wow, the comment section inovated me almost as much as the TED video itself. I truely thank all the wise pieces of advice which people are posting.
Will J
Will J 3 dias atrás
the was he says “endure” reminds me of the dark night
5 dias atrás
Very meaningful!
Fandilin 7 dias atrás
The crowd every 3 seconds: 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 Just let the man speak
Saint Laurent
Saint Laurent 7 dias atrás
Education is important.
Minh LD
Minh LD 8 dias atrás
So please let vote him to be a Minister of education.
Sarah B
Sarah B 12 dias atrás
One of the best TEDtalks out there. Funny and insightful.
enerichen 13 dias atrás
Why is everyone laughing when he said we moved to Los Angeles thinking we moved to America? It's a short plane ride from Los Angeles to America. Why is this so funny?
Emil Rosenkvist
Emil Rosenkvist 13 dias atrás
This is genius
Lauren B
Lauren B 13 dias atrás
The amount of misinformation around ADHD in this video and comment section is embarrassing.
SunShine J
SunShine J 15 dias atrás
One of the best TED speeches on education I've ever watched. I'm glad to come across this video, but also sad as this gentleman passed away last year. R.I.P Sir Ken Robinson
Amit Paropkari
Amit Paropkari 15 dias atrás
that the most British comic TED talk
Jackson Nguyen
Jackson Nguyen 16 dias atrás
For anyone watching this take a moment and appreciate that this is one of ways that we can enjoy Sir Ken Robinson as he was passed away Aug 2020. Definitely watch this with a very grateful heart that he has left us with something beautiful to learn from.
Mary Navigar LAYSON
Mary Navigar LAYSON 17 dias atrás
The reason why I am leaving the teaching profession is because nowadays I spend 99% of the time to keeping order in class and that usually ends up being futile. I believe many teachers around the world leave specifically because of this as well. Now, if governments around the world actually invested in this type of education system where we DON'T need to force the subject down students throats, where they choose to come into our classes themselves, then you won't have a teacher problem at all! Teachers wont leave and everyone will learn!
Arid Sohan
Arid Sohan 16 dias atrás
Shut up! How dare you speak the truth!
Sir Breloom The Third
Sir Breloom The Third 17 dias atrás
I really hate this school system, I keep getting told your grades aren't important but also getting less than a b makes my teachers and parents disappointed. Basically I get punished for when i get bad grades, not yelled at or hurt but i feel bad about myself. This grade system is flawed in general it stresses children out.
Chia Wildy
Chia Wildy 18 dias atrás
The content is so dense that a re-watch is simply necessary to grasp all of the fine details of Ken's talk. Its always amazing to re-listen to this and always enlightening, like the first time I heard him speak.
L.W. Paradis
L.W. Paradis 18 dias atrás
Teaching to the test has only gotten worse. Top-down directives have only become more massive.
Lighty 18 dias atrás
the fact that school in the first place was made to robotize children so that they can go and be so obedient they will work for any reason for factories, this still hasnt never been changed because school is still doing what people want, robotize children so that the economy is lifted, we literally sacrifice children for some peices of paper and coins for everyone to use while we could just help eachother, not just the "students" teachers, school managers, principals, every employee suffer from this, because if children leave it all and go their own way, they're screwed becauae non of them can afford anything, we made jobs around and for robotizing our own next generation for money of the future and that money always ends up one persons hand at the end of the loop, its a flush that lets only one only one teeny human cling on while the rest of it all just flush down to the bowl of death
mspiekkola 18 dias atrás
Excellent speach!
Jon ‘jaixzz’ S C
Jon ‘jaixzz’ S C 18 dias atrás
*_… alas, poor Yorick…_* 😎
Cryptic 19 dias atrás
19:17 hold up, Radiohead is depression music? 😱
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Jonas Katona
Jonas Katona 21 dia atrás
Rest in peace, Sir Ken Robinson. I can only hope that people will continue the ideas you started. (And so far, I'll admit that not many have yet.)
Ton Ton
Ton Ton 22 dias atrás
Please watch "The Little Prince", 2015 film!!! :----))
KJ Daniels
KJ Daniels 23 dias atrás
Screw our school system. “Low Grade Clerical Work” is a good way to put the tedious process of doing small tasks that probably won’t matter when you’re out of school.
jimmy ferdinand
jimmy ferdinand 23 dias atrás
Islam-Peace 25 dias atrás
HADITH 24 Abu Dharr Gifarij, may Allah be pleased with him, narrates from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, who according to what he narrates from his Lord said: "O My slaves, indeed I forbade him. I wronged myself and made you forbidden, so do not wrong one another, O My slaves, every one of you is astray except him whom I guide, so seek guidance from Me, I guide you. O My slaves, every one of you is hungry except for him whom I feed, ask Me for nourishment, I feed you, O My slaves, every one of you is naked except for that which I wear, ask Me for clothing, you wear. My Lord, you err day and night, and I forgive you all your sins, so ask forgiveness of Me, and I forgive you. O My slaves, if the first and the last of you, men and jinn were like man who has the most pious heart of you, this would not add to My kingdom at all. O My slaves, if the first and the last of you, men and jinn were like the man who has the most broken heart of you, this would not make My kingdom deficient at all. O My slaves like the first and the last of you, the people and the jinn gather in one place, ask me for something and I fulfill the request of each one, this does not make what is in Me deficient as it does not make it deficient needles sea water when inserted into it. O My slaves, these are your deeds that I reckon to you then I will reward you. He who finds the good, let him give thanks to Allah, and whoever finds something else, let him not rebuke anyone but himself. " (Muslim)
D 28 dias atrás
A self directed education is a wonderful thing.
Ryan Garritty
Ryan Garritty 28 dias atrás
Applies equally well to the UK. Public education system there has been unfit for purpose for some years, wasting the potential of god only knows how many people.
HDInstinct Mês atrás
This guy officially earned the status title: Sir.
diamondsprogler livingforever
Sir Ken is truly an inspiration for the education systems - he knows it, we know it, so when will it change?
beth philip
beth philip Mês atrás
Don't we forget most of what we learnt in school anyway?
Jan Allaire
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WH S'pore
WH S'pore Mês atrás
A clip of eight years ago indeed. Now America does not only standardize teaching but is also enforcing a curriculum called the CRT (Critical Racial Theory). Distraught parents are seen protesting to school boards for their children to stay out of the brainwash!
Amanda Bourgeois
Amanda Bourgeois Mês atrás
Would love to know what he says about the current education climate here in 2021!!
CeeCee Mês atrás
unions are the biggest problem
Antonio Fernandes de Carvalho
Recomendo a todos os colegas professores.
kumar gaurav
kumar gaurav Mês atrás
I wish to build a school for drop- outs
GOD_Shisui Mês atrás
Kate Perry
Kate Perry Mês atrás
I've taught 1-3 grades in a school that is committed to arts and humanities and rejects worksheets of all kinds. I have never encountered a child with ADHD or an attention disorder.
Braulio Cavalcanti
Braulio Cavalcanti Mês atrás
Andy Montgomery
Andy Montgomery Mês atrás
One of the most intellectual speeches I have seen on TED Talks - Sir Ken lays out the fundamental solution to our existing education systems. RIP.
Alexander Paideia
Alexander Paideia Mês atrás
Such corrupted conception to think education should be fun and entertaining; not a place for comedian like the fellow. Paideia Society
Balaji Sankar
Balaji Sankar Mês atrás
Just saw that this video is 8 years old and still relevant. ..
Edutainment Vlogs
Edutainment Vlogs Mês atrás
Let's make the revolution happen! Who's in? 😍
Michelle Gomes
Michelle Gomes Mês atrás
Wow that was more than a ted talk, very profound
TeleNox Mês atrás
Is it just me or does Sir Ken Robinson look like a mix of Ryan Stiles and Clancy Brown?
Harry Boyce
Harry Boyce Mês atrás
He is so good at getting his point across in a light hearted way, we all have different ways of learning and acting, and all are valuable 🥰
John Ellis
John Ellis Mês atrás
Absolute pearls!!! What a wonderful man.
Janet Pattison
Janet Pattison Mês atrás
To say our education system sucks is putting it mildly. It was 12 years of slow mind-deadening torture. What a phenomenal waste of time and energy.. The worthless nature of schools, as we know them is pathetic, sad, inhumane, cruel, non-intellectual, non-creative, and an absolute waste of human potential. And the ultimate insult to every student NOT labeled as “Gifted” is that so called “gifted” kids get a better education & huge advantage over “average” kids who are imprisoned in a useless, unproductive environment called school. It should more accurately be called prison for youth.
juergen stoffel
juergen stoffel Mês atrás
I was just imagining Mr. Robinson being our Sec. of Education!!!
Ian Macpherson
Ian Macpherson Mês atrás
No. No. No. You can't equate graduation rates with educational success. Fix the test grades and/or the advancement requirements and you can manufacture "success". That's not education!
Parag Joshi
Parag Joshi Mês atrás
Please can anyone tell me the simple steps to escape from that death valley.
Ronald L. & Angela M. Vaught
Today the world stands are a cross road as they do every day they get up out of bed in the valley of life learning working for us as us. I like is if i am curious about something i get lost in it till i understand it &or add it to my life.
Ronald L. & Angela M. Vaught
Education based on the individual aptitude, & choosing.
Marta Holmes
Marta Holmes Mês atrás
His words are still relavant 8 years later. How sad.
Ayoola Ayodeji David
I can't help remembering Seth Godin throughout the session...
Hus 9
Hus 9 Mês atrás
"If there is no learning going on; then there is no education going on." 7:28
Sergio Molino
Sergio Molino Mês atrás
What is very sad , that he is telling them the natural root facts like to primitive beings
Clay Music
Clay Music Mês atrás
yea but we still need money
Will Christie
Will Christie Mês atrás
Wow. Meanwhile, in 2021, Republican governors are commanding schools in their red states to obey their bans on any measures to curtail covid. Schools are in open rebellion against these idiot politicians who have turned a mask into a communist plot! Total disdain and disregard for the actual people who have devoted their lives as teachers and administrators. Some GOP elected thug knows better than all of them.
Eleanor Jones
Eleanor Jones Mês atrás
It's nice that he could slip in a little insult toward those in states like Montana.
Tâmires Soares
Tâmires Soares Mês atrás
Loooveee thisss 🤍🤍🤍
StormX Mês atrás
I clicked this video much more faster than light speed cuz the title
KQJ_Diya007 Mês atrás
robert mccully
robert mccully Mês atrás
I never liked school it bored me, a good grade for me was a D+. But yet once i got out of school i learned a trade that interested me and excelled.
Tony Trott
Tony Trott Mês atrás
What garbage this video is
Janine Paradiso
Janine Paradiso Mês atrás
school is no sense and that is a no brainer , and this is why children of indigenous cultures taken from their indigenous lands, people and those cultures have to be very brainwashed and literally locked (first School for aboriginal children in the 1860's Melbourne, Australia had to have bars put on the windows to keep them in and away from the school which was the whole world for them until then) in to have them stay in school. So learning is about learning, not education... and surely an adult is someone who has learned to make his or her food, shelter, clothes, to take care of other animals, the place lived with and other people... surely they are a learned adult. Modern education is crazy utterly crazy... and teaching people to be civil (because they are in so much pain that otherwise they may not be civil?) is utterly crazy... Healthy learned people live together and learn as part of life for the entirety of that life.
maryam khsh
maryam khsh Mês atrás
I am a teacher of about 20 years . I know gradually that students are different in many aspects of learning.and you explain it very nice ! Thank you . l am from Iran .
Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson Mês atrás
what a great mind. May you rest in peace, Sir Ken Robinson!
Bill Olsen
Bill Olsen Mês atrás
13:41 Oh no! He's describing our educational system of command and control from the Federal Government...and it sounds like the old Soviet system. Grrrrrrr.
Stewart Holmes
Stewart Holmes Mês atrás
I have watched this a number of times. I have forwarded it to friends and contacts across a wide range... Rest in peace.
Gail G
Gail G Mês atrás
I was a VERY talented musician in my youth. Music in school bored me to death. Pursued music as a hobby in adulthood, and how quickly I became expert. Same with history. Same with science. Same with art. I am a natural teacher because I LOVE LEARNING. Kids and people with open minds come to me and listen aptly to what I have to say. They know I can think outside of the mandated box I'm told I must live in. NOT A SINGLE TEACHER I HAD IN PRIMARY SCHOOL LOVED LEARNING. THEY ALL LOVED TEACHING. Teacher: a word for a bully with legal powers to bully CHILDREN who are required by law to attend the bullying sessions about 6 hours a day.
Donna Richardson
Donna Richardson Mês atrás
He's so right about giving the power back to the teachers and local schools. Problem is, in the U.S. there are states back in the Dark Ages as far as quality and politics go. If the South hadn't grossly deprived black students and distorted history, the federal government wouldn't have stepped in to integrate them and then to try to upgrade their education systems. It hasn't worked, and mostly it's ruined education in the places it WAS working (like NYS). What to do? Don't know. Maybe abandon the retrograde states and wait for them to die off from Covid because they are anti-science and anti-vax.
Radiant Phoenix
Radiant Phoenix Mês atrás
ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT. The only sad part of it is, that in Australia paying high taxes, spending so much on public education many people send their children to private schools to get a good education, and then still you have to pay more private mony for universities to educate yourself or your children. You have to say, there are very good parents who make so much effort to expand their children's knowledge and life chances. So Australians are not mavericks as some say, they are a very complex human society, with great potential. We wish that there will be less programming and more enlightening, inspiring in any life into masterhood in many different fields of creativity. Each of us is precious and unique and we should complement each other and celebrate our uniqueness like we price so high any unique piece of art.
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Alan Wells
Alan Wells Mês atrás
Close the Public School system. Move to backpack funding to allow different educational environments for different children. The smartest thing I ever did was drop out of High School in the ninth grade (in the sixties), eventually earning 4 college degrees. Regrettably the current system has so many entrenched players it *cannot* change, it's destruction and reconstruction is the only viable option. It's started, the number of homeschooled children doubled in the Pandemic, for black families that number quadrupled. All the government needs is to begin to walk it's interference back. Good luck with that.
Brutus L
Brutus L Mês atrás
Finally an English speaker that gets that it’s “math” not that ridiculous sounding “maths”. It’s like screeching on a chalkboard.
Denise Mês atrás
Sir Robinson is so right about education, teachers and children. The education system is merely a symptom of the dysfunctional culture and belief about what is important in life: being “successful” and wealthy monetarily. Curiosity was not considered important nor valued in British and American education because society needed a COMPLIANT workforce that did not think or question authority! Many countries do get education right, so don’t blame your teachers. Their hands are bound by the state, which imposes all kinds of rules about which schools get funding! Watch Michael Sandel’s “Tyranny of Meritocracy”, as he explains that the concept of reward on the basis of merit is leaving more and more of the population behind. “Every student that drops our has a reason for it.” So true.
Rachael B
Rachael B Mês atrás
I think Gen X students were probably the last ones to get a real education before the testing culture took over.
Bobby L
Bobby L Mês atrás
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and wonder WHY you get the same in the US. Test and release....inherent stupidity
Salinder Shira
Salinder Shira Mês atrás
Yes teaching is really a creative task and this creativity is the treasure of a students life salute sir ken for such realistic and valuable ideas
Mehdi Baghbadran
Mehdi Baghbadran Mês atrás
Learning is the individual’s choice, in any ways, which they can reach, thanks for strong explanation, based on your experiences
TheCoolDude Mês atrás
R.I.P Ken Robinson (1950 - 2020). Thank you for your work.
Davy Pig
Davy Pig Mês atrás
It would be nice to have the people who need to hear this actually listen to it.
Deby Adair
Deby Adair Mês atrás
A superb presentation.
Tarik Al-Hoshan
Tarik Al-Hoshan Mês atrás
"Death valley is not dead" so well said
Ko ala
Ko ala Mês atrás
this is what a great man looks like. very sorry to hear he already lift off to other spheres.... thank you.
WOAHH Mês atrás
The irony here is around 1/4 of the audience are swaying in the dream
Shashank Vishwakarma
India:2/3 years for PCM after high school to get into a college with 0.1percent entrance rate 😂
2msvalkyrie Mês atrás
This great man passed away in 2020 aged 70 . His childhood story of poverty and illness would bring you to tears and yet he triumphed over it . He spent the greater part of his life fighting to ensure that others ( of any race or denomination ) could have the chance to do the same. And yet if you stopped 100 people at random in the Street they would not know who he is / was. Ken would have thought that unimportant and carried on the fight and we should do the same !
Malni R
Malni R Mês atrás
Canada DOES NOT Invest in development of programs. Only in developing the food chain Top tier cronies
juanjo marinero
juanjo marinero Mês atrás
This video is titled and subtitled in spanish in my country but all the comments are in english. I see no spanish comment, hence there's not one teacher in my country interested on this absolutly essential teaching from Mr. Robinson. That's as depressing as our education level.
Treasure Ngcobo
Treasure Ngcobo Mês atrás
My man is leaning into every applause he gets
Earl Owens
Earl Owens Mês atrás
I was so bad at High School they burned the school down to get me out of there. In college I took computer programming classes and was the tutor for those classes while taking them. K through 12 is where learning is prevented and creative types are highly discouraged.
Krista Mês atrás
This man is an amazing speaker! I love his message, but I also thoroughly enjoyed his presentation
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