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23 quotes from
Sir Ken Robinson’s talk
at TED Talks Education
“

I knew that Americans get
irony when I came across that
legislation No Child Left Behind.
Because whoever thought of th...
“

There are three (3) principles on
which human life flourishes, and
they are contradicted by the
culture of education und...
(1)

Human beings
are naturally
different and
diverse.

— Sir Ken Robinson
“

If you sit kids down,
hour after hour,
doing low-grade
clerical work, don’t
be surprised if they
start to fidget.

”

—...
“

Children are not, for the
most part, suffering
from a psychological
condition. They’re
suffering from
childhood.

”

— ...
“

A real education
has to give equal
weight to the arts,
the humanities, to
physical education.

”

— Sir Ken Robinson
“

Kids prosper best
with a broad
curriculum that
celebrates their
various talents,
not just a small
range of them.

”

— ...
“

The arts aren’t just
important because they
improve math scores.
They’re important
because they speak to
parts of child...
(2) The second principle that

drives human life flourishing is:

curiosity.
— Sir Ken Robinson
“

If you can light the
spark of curiosity in a
child, they will learn
without any further
assistance, very
often. Childre...
“

Curiosity is the engine
of achievement.

”

— Sir Ken Robinson
“

Teaching is a
creative profession.
Teaching, properly
conceived, is not a
delivery system.

”

— Sir Ken Robinson
“

The role of a teacher is
to facilitate learning.
— Sir Ken Robinson

”
But....
“

The dominant culture of education has come to
focus on not teaching and learning, but testing.

”

— Sir Ken Robinson
“

In place of curiosity, what we
have is a culture of compliance.
— Sir Ken Robinson

”
“

Our children and teachers
are encouraged to follow
routine algorithms rather
than to excite that power
of imagination &...
(3) The third principle is this:

creative
human life is inherently

— Sir Ken Robinson
“

...one of the roles of education is to
awaken and develop [the] powers of
creativity. Instead, what we have is a
cultur...
“

Education is not a mechanical system.
It’s a human system. It’s about people.
— Sir Ken Robinson

”
“

Right beneath the
surface are the
seeds of possibility
waiting for the
right conditions...

”

— Sir Ken Robinson
“

The real role of leadership in
education...should not be
command and control...
“

The real role of leadership is
climate control, creating a
climate of possibility.
— Sir Ken Robinson

”
“

You take a school...you change the
conditions, give people a different sense of
possibility, a different set of expecta...
“

...schools that were once
bereft spring to life.
— Sir Ken Robinson

”
“

...schools that were once
bereft spring to life.
— Sir Ken Robinson

”
A few quotes do not do
justice to Sir Ken’s talk.
Please take time to watch
his latest TED talk and
share it with others t...
slides by garr reynolds
www.presentationzen.com
@presentationzen
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Quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s 2013 TED talk

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Ken Robinson’s talk “How to escape education's death valley” is one of my favorites. It was recorded in April of 2013. I highly recommend that you watch his latest talk on TED.com. The quotes I assembled for the talk are the one’s most salient to me personally. This is not an attempt to summarize his talk in anyway, but perhaps a quote or two will be useful for you in your own presentations related to education, etc. The slides are in PDF, but you can easily cut and paste text as you wish. You can of, course, get the entire transcript of the talk on the ted.com website (in many languages). Let’s keep the conversation regarding the education revolution going. peace - garr

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Quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s 2013 TED talk

  1. 23 quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s talk at TED Talks Education
  2. “ I knew that Americans get irony when I came across that legislation No Child Left Behind. Because whoever thought of that title gets irony — because it’s leaving millions of children behind. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  3. “ There are three (3) principles on which human life flourishes, and they are contradicted by the culture of education under which most teachers have to labor and most students have to endure. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  4. (1) Human beings are naturally different and diverse. — Sir Ken Robinson
  5. “ If you sit kids down, hour after hour, doing low-grade clerical work, don’t be surprised if they start to fidget. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  6. “ Children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition. They’re suffering from childhood. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  7. “ A real education has to give equal weight to the arts, the humanities, to physical education. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  8. “ Kids prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  9. “ The arts aren’t just important because they improve math scores. They’re important because they speak to parts of children’s being which are otherwise untouched. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  10. (2) The second principle that drives human life flourishing is: curiosity. — Sir Ken Robinson
  11. “ If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further assistance, very often. Children are natural learners. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  12. “ Curiosity is the engine of achievement. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  13. “ Teaching is a creative profession. Teaching, properly conceived, is not a delivery system. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  14. “ The role of a teacher is to facilitate learning. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  15. But....
  16. “ The dominant culture of education has come to focus on not teaching and learning, but testing. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  17. “ In place of curiosity, what we have is a culture of compliance. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  18. “ Our children and teachers are encouraged to follow routine algorithms rather than to excite that power of imagination & curiosity. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  19. (3) The third principle is this: creative human life is inherently — Sir Ken Robinson
  20. “ ...one of the roles of education is to awaken and develop [the] powers of creativity. Instead, what we have is a culture of standardization. ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  21. “ Education is not a mechanical system. It’s a human system. It’s about people. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  22. “ Right beneath the surface are the seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions... ” — Sir Ken Robinson
  23. “ The real role of leadership in education...should not be command and control...
  24. “ The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  25. “ You take a school...you change the conditions, give people a different sense of possibility, a different set of expectations, a broader range of opportunities, you cherish and value the relationships between teachers and learners, you offer people the discretion to be creative...and...
  26. “ ...schools that were once bereft spring to life. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  27. “ ...schools that were once bereft spring to life. — Sir Ken Robinson ”
  28. A few quotes do not do justice to Sir Ken’s talk. Please take time to watch his latest TED talk and share it with others to keep the conversation going.
  29. slides by garr reynolds www.presentationzen.com @presentationzen

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