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Sir Ken Robinson – Why our Education system needs to Change

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 |

Sir Ken Robinson – Why our Education system needs to Change

In my opinion, Sir Ken Robinson is a fundamental Leader in his way of thinking with regard to Education as it stands today.  His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything is a must read.  In it he identifies a crisis in education and business: whether it’s a child bored in class, a disillusioned or misused employee or someone who feels frustrated but can’t quite explain why, too many people don’t realize what they are capable of achieving.

Through stories of people – like Vidal Sassoon, Ariana Huffington and Matt Groening – who have recognized their unique talents and been able to make a successful living doing what they love, Robinson argues that age and occupation are no barrier and explains how it is possible for each one of us to reach our element.

With a wry sense of humour, Ken Robinson inspires, above all, to reconnect with our true self – it could just change everything.

Below for the visual learners amongst us, I have also attached two well known videos of Ken’s; ‘Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity’ and ‘RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms’. These videos say it all, predominantly why we need to evaluate the current education system.

Ken inspired me along with my own personal experiences as a child and as a mother, to set up the BCV Foundation.

The aim of the foundation is to support the children and young adults; provide them with the tools outside of mainstream education, to be more confident, happy and ultimately to set them on a path to have the Best Life possible.

This we will do, by working closely with various established companies and charities to bring Children the help that they require.

The Main Aim – To Enable a child be the best that they can possibly be.

The Element

The Element

About Sir Ken

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation.  He is also one of the world’s leading speakers with a profound impact on audiences everywhere.  The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.

He works with governments in Europe, Asia and the USA, with international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations. In 1998, he led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the Province. He was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for its strategy to become the creative hub of South East Asia.

For twelve years, he was professor of education at the University of Warwick in the UK and is now professor emeritus. He has received honorary degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling College of Arts and Design, the Open University and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Birmingham City University and the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He was been honored with the Athena Award of the Rhode Island School of Design for services to the arts and education; the Peabody Medal for contributions to the arts and culture in the United States, the LEGO Prize for international achievement in education, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts for outstanding contributions to cultural relations between the United Kingdom and the United States. In 2005, he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies.

His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His latest book is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone/Wiley).  Sir Ken was born in Liverpool, UK, as one of seven children. He is married to Therese (Lady) Robinson. They have two children, James and Kate, and now live in Los Angeles, California.

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