Thank you to my friend and colleague Andrea Stanfield for putting this most excellent video on my radar this evening via TED Talks | Best of the Web.

In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.

5 thoughts on “Share: Ken Robinson—Changing Education Paradigms

  1. I adore this video and have been requiring it of students, whenever it fits subject-wise, since I first became aware of it. I even assigned it to my freshmen writing class this semester, which has the focus of “cartoons as a reflection of society.” Fab stuff, and it always makes my students think.


  2. I’m a librarian and a mother of five.
    I took my youngest son (10th grade) out of public high school yesterday! I can relate to Ken’s discussion on educational reform, all too well! My son is very bright, he won the County spelling bee two years ago and since he has been in the high school, his grades are deteriorating in the classes that bore him. He has an A+ in German II, biology, and physiology. Because of skipping study hall which is right after lunch the school sent the resource officer to my job that pulled me out of a lesson with a rural school to inform me of the truancy. The officer has written a referral to Livingston probation office. My son is not ADHD, or has ever broken the law and gotten caught. He was at fault for not going to detention but I felt it was all to extreme and I pulled him out of school. Then I found he is number 26, of students that have withdrawal from this 500 total population city high school; we are a small town. There are no other alternatives except for GED then college. There has to be educational reform instead of policing our students through 4 years of sit and listen.


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