BETT 2015: Sir Ken Robinson highlights


One of the best moments at BETT 2015 was, without any doubt, the talk of Sir Ken Robinson.

His TED talk: “How school kills creativity” was watched more than 30 million times on TED. In 1998 he was an advisory committee on creative and cultural education. In 2011 he was listed as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, and was ranked among the Thinkers50 list of the world’s top business thought leaders.

He was a great source of inspiration during my studies in education, because his point of view was so reflective of my ideal of education. So being in the audience was a dream that came true!

It’s a shame that his talk is not available online, so I decided to provide some highlights about it.

Sir Ken Robinson started talking about the transformative nature of technologies and about the promotion a “revolutionary education” with a bottom-up perspective.

He compared the OCSE Pisa assessment system to: “Eurovision song contest for education”, because it’s just based on rating scales that are supposed to be objective, but they don’t count other factors such as creativity.

The education as we know it is based on a industrial imprinting, rather than a human process. We should have a new sense of possibilities fostering:

* Imagination

* Creativity

* Innovation

valuing original ideas, vs

* Conformity

* Compliance

* Linearity

typical of Mass education, that recreates obsolete Taylorist-Fordist logics.

Sir Ken Robinson thinks the real challenge is what you make for granted, integrating a strategic power.

Schools are obsessed with culture, but education is about people and talent.

Then he showed this two touching videos:


Highlighting the importance of the human factor and creativity.

He closed his talk with a quotation of Anaïs Nin —

“…The risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”

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