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Sir Ken Robinson

Public Education in France -- A Farce of Napoleonic Proportions

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Education
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

Well how can anyone succeed with no confidence? How can one gain confidence when the system beats it out of you?

Why It's Time to Rethink the Role of Business in Education

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

One million students will not have the same opportunities their graduating peers will have. This is a national emergency that needs to be addressed for the sake of America's prosperity and competitive edge.

MBAs are for Managers, Not Entrepreneurs

Rana Florida | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
Rana Florida

A forum at The Economist asked whether business school is worth it. "Most entrepreneurs," it noted, "feel that the money otherwise used for tuition is better off invested in wise counsel and getting that business off the ground."

The 9 Best Books for Meaningful Change

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Like it or not, we are all always changing and adapting to circumstances as time rolls on. The positive thing about change is that with some effort we can help direct some (though not all) of the change in our lives as opposed to being victimized by it.

Henry Ford's Mass Production of Hate Meets Its Match

Melanie Chartoff | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Melanie Chartoff

Michael Rose's excavation of a court case brought against Henry Ford, long buried by the assembly line of unkosher baloney that kept that great American icon squeaky clean, has me sleepless and him on fire. I sat down with him to talk about the film he's working on that will bring this story to light.

What Did You Fail at Today?

Rana Florida | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

We need to create a new definition of failure. Truly successful people embrace failure as part of the learning process, as an opportunity to grow, reflect, reinvent, and ultimately to push forward.

Lead by Serving

Rana Florida | Posted 11.17.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Leaders who inspire, mentor, and teach -- rather than dictate and order -- will have more productive, more engaged and more loyal teams.

What if School Were Out Forever?

Matt Murrie | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

From the work and ideas the movers and makers at IDEC 2013 are developing, you can see for yourself how it may not be a question of what if schools become extinct, but when.

Melissa Sher: Why It's Never Too Late to Bloom

Melissa Sher | Posted 09.16.2013 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Phyllis Diller was "leaning in" before "leaning in" was cool. The next time you take a sip from something today -- and I don't care if it's wine, iced coffee or gazpacho -- drink to her.

It's Time for Leaders to Lead

Rana Florida | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

The traditional top-down approach, in which the boss sits at the top of the pyramid and orders the underlings to work harder, is no longer flying.

Has TED Run Its Course?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact
Sam Chaltain

The problem is that now, anyone that gives a TEDTalk (I've given two) has in the back of their mind that they might become the next Sir Ken Robinson.

Why We Need To Reform Education Now

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Sir Ken Robinson

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIn the ten years since the launch of No Child Left Behind, these efforts have intensified. The results have been unimpressive. Graduation rates continue to falter and students and teachers alike are becoming more disaffected. So what's the real problem here?

Stepping Up to the Plate

Sir Ken Robinson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Sir Ken Robinson

One of the deep problems of the standards and testing movement is that it promotes a very narrow view of ability in schools and a culture of conformity. The fact is that all students are different.

10 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Workforce

Rana Florida | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

You're already paying them to do a job. Why not educate them so they can do it better? It doesn't have to cost you a lot of money -- and the dividends you'll gain are incalculable.

Your Start-Up Life: Fail to Succeed

Rana Florida | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

Government leaders, Fortune 500 companies, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations are increasingly turning to Sir Ken Robinson for advice on creativity, education, and the economy.

The Global Search for Education: What Will Finland Do Next?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Systematic pursuit of children's wellbeing and happiness in secure environments takes precedence over measured academic achievements in Finnish schools, according to Pasi Sahlberg, author of the award-winning book, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?

Got Doubt?

Ira Israel | Posted 02.09.2013 | Education
Ira Israel

Our educational system evolved to produce workers; it was not devised to facilitate genius or what we consider to be "outside the box" thinking. Our educational system is the box.

Aiming For Failure

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Most people tend to run from failure as though it were some kind of disease -- a life sentence. Yet, it is anything but that. In order to change the system, to help the "square peg" kids, our national conversation needs to be turned towards failure.

Start Off As A Builder Of Fires

Kate Gale | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Kate Gale

When my son was in the fourth grade, his class did a short version of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know why that play was decided on for the fourth grade, but I believe his teacher was a romantic and liked the idea of little kids acting out this play of love and glory.

Racing Up The Down-Moving Escalator

Gregory Kristof | Posted 02.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Gregory Kristof

Sir Ken Robinson notes the universal but rarely acknowledged hierarchy of the subjects, in which math is esteemed most, followed by the sciences and then the humanities, and the theatrical arts the least. Hierarchies, however, crush creativity.

The Power of the Arts

John M. Eger | Posted 02.07.2013 | TED Weekends
John M. Eger

More neuroscientists, psychologists, educators and others are finding that the arts help nurture the right hemisphere of the brain, and is exactly what the more left brained curriculum needs to create the new thinking skills leading to creativity.

Schools That Foster Creativity

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer | Posted 02.07.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

Many of us imagine that creativity involves a sudden flash of insight; that it comes as a gift, without much effort; and we believe that expertise and learning blocks creativity. But these beliefs are just myths.

The Learning Revolution, Circa 2012

Sam Chaltain | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Sam Chaltain

Sir Ken's talk is a reminder that people everywhere recognize that there is no issue more important to our future than the education of our newest generations. And his message, fittingly, is that we are the people we've been waiting for all along.

Tearing Down Classroom Walls

Greg Anrig | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Greg Anrig

Research demonstrates that the aspirations for schools that Sir Ken Robinson sets forward in his TEDTalk are by no means unattainable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of schools -- private as well as public -- still adhere to the traditional industrial model that relies on self-contained classrooms.

Society Is Killing Schools' Ability To Encourage Creativity

Brian Rosenberg | Posted 02.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Brian Rosenberg

It's easy and tempting to blame teachers or unions or professors for the problems in education, but the reality is that here -- as in the political institutions about which we so passionately complain -- we get what we deserve, or rather, we get the natural result of the choices we make.