Valuing Creativity in the Education System

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it.

Think about this: “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it; actually, we get educated out of it.”

Click below to begin the video:

You may need to simply click ‘refresh’ if you do not see the video above these words! Otherwise, you can view it here:

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  1. Susan A. Colton says:

    HELP! Education & Creativity e-mail says

    Click below to begin the video:
    There is nothing to click on!


  2. Michelle Allen says:

    There is nothing to click on!

  3. Debra Ashoo says:

    This made me cry, with joy and also with great saddness and loss.

  4. Melinda Coogler says:

    Where is the video?

  5. Julie See says:

    There was nothing to click on to view the video.

  6. the best 20 mins you will ever spend learning something valuable…spend time with your children they need you

  7. No video, would love to see it!1

  8. Hi, the video is right on this page, above the comments. Hit “refresh” and you’ll see it! Then, click on the “play” arrow.



  9. Linda Aguillon says:

    There was nothing to click on, but I would love to see the video.

  10. This is what I needed!! This is what my children needed…THank you God for this video.


  11. nothing to click on
    tried the refresh thing
    it’s blank where the video should be
    want to see it!

  12. AWESOME! Sign me up! I’d love to see the education system revamped!

    Reminds me of a story…

    The teacher gives the class a picture to color in. A little girl finishes hers, hands it to the teacher and the teacher puts a big red X on the page. The little girl is in tears and asked why did I get an X on my picture? The teacher tells her, you used the wrong colors, you colored the grass brown, grass is green, you colored the sky yellow, the sky is supposed to be blue, and the tree’s are supposed to have green leaves. The little girl asked the teacher to look out the window. Outside the sky was a golden yellow sunset the grass was brown and there were no leaves on the trees, just as she had colored her picture!

  13. Patty Marks says:

    Wow!! He’s brilliant and his message explains the NEED NOW to change the face of education and NO LONGER accept drill and kill and learning just the 4 R’s. Kids need to be able to THINK outside the box and it can’t ONLY happen at home.

    Thank you!!

  14. Very sad but true, It makes you think differently about children making mistakes.

  15. Wonderfully delivered and accurate. I agree that college preparatory classes are not for everyone. I also agree that we should allow our kids to seek their dream “jobs”. If they love what they’re doing, they’ll never “work”. As a public school teacher, I must say that it would be perfect if we could actually allow more time and latitude for creativity. However, in Texas anyway, our kids are required to know such a vast array of information and are tested on it. I think testing our kids so structurally deducts from creativity. I hope we can all encourage as much creativty as possible!
    God Bless.

  16. I loved this video. I would love to see it be a part of a teachers seminar.

  17. Wow…I needed to hear that more than ever as I go thru various issues with my son.
    thank you.

  18. Wow! What a speaker and what a wonderful message. We’re unschooling due to the academic morass (the endless testing and how teachers have to teach to the test & more) that is like a quicksand to the creative genius of these big souls in temporarily little packages that we call our children.

    Whoo-hoo! Thanks so much for the powerful message.

  19. As a teacher (and a parent), this is why I began teaching. It’s great to hear people are thinking of the future.

  20. Barbara Haxton says:

    is a dvd copy available to show to a large audience? Would love to show this to a gathering of educators.

  21. If you can’t find anything to click on…you might be on your work computer or at work and your local server is blocking you from it. I tried it at home last night on my personal computer and it worked. There was something to click on and it worked. At work, however, there is nothing to click on. When I found the link to it, the district blocked it. Just FYI in case you are checking it from work.

    Take care!

  22. I was not able to view the video, but after reading many of the above comments, I have an idea as to what it featured. I am a k-6 art instructor and have almost 20 years of teaching experience, and cannot tell you the level of frustration I have in regards to this topic. Curriculum is a great passion of mine. I have taught virtually every subject at one point or another, although Art is my main endorsement. There is no other subject quiet like it. You use every thinking and problem solving skill, simultaneously to create any project. Product completions is mental, emotional and physical. I feel that to teach this subject area best, is to give a set of outcome goals and then let students be creative in achieving those goals, or in other words, there is not 1 right answer to the problem. It is unfortunate for our children that this is not the norm.

    In addition, the value for creativity is missing among many who make curriculum and instructional practice decisions that affect teachers and their rooms. Most have a great understanding for assessments and dollars, they say creativity is important, but only if can be objectively assessed and the outcome is all the same. Hmmmm.

    This year has been my most difficult. Never, have I had so many Kindergartners so overcome with the fear of failing and making a mistake that they won’t even try. The anxiety over failing leaves them in sobbing tears. I in my room, effort and process always overrides profection and product. I am currently teaching 33 sections between 2 buildings, with NO time in between sections ( I have learned how not to go pee), I see every grade every day with no time to clean-up or set-up between sections. I have been told, though not directly, that it is about contact more so than instruction. I could go on and on, but I think I have said enough. I am not alone. There are MANY others with budgets of less than 50 cents per student for supplies and impossible schedules.

    It was refreshing to read my email today and see this was the topic. I was beginning to think I was alone in feeling the way I do. And if you are someone who can do something about this, good luck and god speed. As for me, I have been told to just be glad I still have a job…. for now.

  23. Wow, what an incredibly neat video. Like a true notetaker, I had my scratch paper out, because there were some of his comments that have to be repeated. He was as pleasantly humorous as i was pleasantly surprised to hear a “meeting of the minds” on education speaker so geniune and so full of truth.
    SirKenRobinson, thank you!

  24. moonlyte says:

    Wonderul video!…I learned a lot!

  25. Kelly & David Koo says:

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video. As homeschooling parents, this clip truly touched our heart. We feel that the arts completely neglected in most educational curriculums, even the homeschooling ones. Thanks again.