In February 2006, author and educator Sir Ken Robinson stepped on to the TED stage and posed a provocative question: “Do schools kill creativity?“ What followed was a masterclass in public speaking.
In 2009, he was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal by the Royal Society of Arts in London. Accepting the award, he gave a talk on the Changing Paradigms in Education.
Sir Ken argued that our current educational systems are still based on a industrial paradigm of education – education is increasingly standardised and about conformity, and kids, who are living in the most stimulating age in history, fail to see the point of going to school, which is about ‘finding the right answers to pass the tests’ rather than about stimulating divergent thinking.
The RSA produced an animated version of highlights from that talk.
Sir Ken died Saturday, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer.