I am an avid Stumbler and was fortunate enough to stumble upon Ken Robinson’s talk at a TED conference in 2006 titled, “Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity“. His particular talk is one of the most popular talks on TED.com with 7,775,295 views. He is fantastically witty and his ideas on our current school systems are ones that I share (along with 7 million other viewers).
I enjoyed his talk so much I looked Ken Robinson up online and discovered he is the author of The Element: How Finding Our Passion Changes Everything and Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. This summer I had the pleasure of reading The Element.
The book is full of anecdotal examples of wildly successful people who were, at one point in their lives, on a path that would have led them astray from their ‘element’. Like his Ted talk, he links problematic structures within our school systems to the hindrances faced by the men and women discussed throughout the book.
The most powerful idea for me was in the final chapter when Ken Robinson discusses how our changed economy and relationship with technology both have radical implications for our education systems. Are the past structures of the industrial era really preparing the next generations to be successful in their personal and working lives? Did it ever really best serve the youth who graduated the system? Ken Robinson would argue no, which is something which resonates me.
I look forward to reading Out of Our Minds in the near future. Have you read his books or heard his talk on TED.com? What are your thoughts?