Sir Ken Robinson

What inspires you?

Sir Ken Robinson tells us what inspires him:

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Who made you the person you are today? As Sir Ken says, it is important we recognise our own talents and see the role that other people play in helping us discover them.

This got me thinking about the people that inspire me. Happy people inspire me - just yesterday a lady walked past me in the street singing...My mum is the happiest person I know, she is bundle of energy with a smile that never fades.  I am the person I am today because she taught me how to be confident being myself. When I was little my mum taught me about communication; how to stand up tall and tell my story. This has inspired me to be where I am today. Who inspires you?

Fertile Mind

Are schools stifling creativity? Sir Ken Robinson tells Jessica Shepherd why learning should be good for the soul. sir-ken-robinson-0011

"All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think," he says. "Most students never get to explore the full range of their abilities and interests ... Education is the system that's supposed to develop our natural abilities and enable us to make our way in the world. Instead, it is stifling the individual talents and abilities of too many students and killing their motivation to learn."

"The entire notion of "subjects" needs to be questioned, he says. "The idea of separate subjects that have nothing in common offends the principle of dynamism. School systems should base their curriculum not on the idea of separate subjects, but on the much more fertile idea of disciplines ... which makes possible a fluid and dynamic curriculum that is interdisciplinary."