Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts. Closed captions and translated subtitles in a variety of languages are now available on, at http Watch a highlight reel of the Top 10 TEDTalks at

25 thoughts on “Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

  1. 098anne

    I agree and love his ideas. I think it will/would be extraordinarily difficult to overcome the status quo.

  2. jesayka

    that is sooo stupid! didn’t he say that his wife’s talent and passion is writing? well didn’t education help her to pursue her talent in writing because education helped her how to read, write, and gave her all the tools? she could ever need in order to write her book?? so obviously he’s completely wrong.

  3. HamOnCan

    thinking we ought be drawing the brilliance of youth out of each, much as a mother draws smiles out of her baby, and music, soon as she hands them a rattle.
    Give, that from the moment of conception we are fast forwarded through all the billions of years of continuous evolving with each generation picking up on where the other has evolved to. . think I better finish this on the TedTalk site.
    Renessa Bak

  4. SkyFallingInc

    Very good talk,but he didn’t say anything here that hasn’t been said before. More specifics about structure or method would have been nice. What does the ideal educational approach look like?

  5. FractalInfinities

    “”Education…” dislocates people from their natural talents…”

    Couldn’t have said it any simpler…

  6. seriphone

    my favourite “comic” historian is Mark Steel – this guy rocks too! will be doing some serious searching for his stuff …. he says precisely what I believe

  7. CeeGeeZ

    “Cultural Visionary” – INDEED! I laugh again & again when I here these oh so portent serious truths expressed in Sir Ken’s accessible, humorous and compassionately encouraging signature communication. Listened to it originally on & easy to join and participate. Thanks!

  8. manayaad2

    This is enlightening!! If the system isn’t working for you – create a new system! We all need to get together for change!

  9. fuerstjd

    Sir Ken Robinson’s presentations are beautiful. I wish they could be brought to fruition. However, it seems that such pedagogies will only exist in a small number of private schools with access to only a limited number of fortunate students. The public school teacher’s unions are too deeply rooted and too focused on the welfare of the teachers and not the students for public education to blossom.

  10. EmpireStateofLife

    One of many great things TED has done is to provide a platform for academics, scientists, engineers, designers and present them as figures that communicate world changing messages directly to the community. The academic or scientist as a “rockstar” figure is a very powerful example for kids from impoverished backgrounds from all over the world who can broaden their horizons and set their goals on attaining academic success and pursue these kind of careers!

  11. FreaperX

    I like the poem…
    John Preston should have entered TED Talk and… ah, just watch this.

  12. Bhairaviji

    but how will education be personalised/customised? how does one go about moving from an industrial model to the agricultural model?

  13. 0murdock0

    I can’t tell you how thankful I am that communications technology has finally advanced to the point where incredible people such as Ken Robinson are being pushed to the forefront of entertainment over alternatives such as what we’re currently forced to endure through our cable providers.

  14. dec041

    This man is wise, sober and funny. I agree with everything he said. His idea must be applied to all sphere of life not only education, we must aim for a more organic lifestyle.
    This speech is great!

  15. DJCelestio

    I love that. Life is not linear. It is organic. I think it is also dynamic. It cannot be said that someone who exceeds everything academically will end up set up for the rest of their lives. I know that there are many with higher educations, and still don’t have jobs. And then there are those who never excelled at math or language, but have become millionaires in pursuing their passion and creativity. Individualised education needs to come about, and couldn’t come soon enough frankly.

  16. makigott10

    @MrBloody32 But we need to remember that not everyone thinks the same… We need others to keep us inspired, artists needs scientists and scientists needs artist.. its mutually beneficial… Not all of chinese kids are software engineers.. I tell you…. some of them are also artists… I hated the fact that you think artists cannot contribute to society… you don’t know what are you saying.. like what Mr Robinson is saying.. We need people who love what they are doing and that is success..

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