Sir Ken Robinson on Passion

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

A lot of this talk covers the same ground as the talk he gave at the RSAMD in Glasgow on the 8th March so a great opportunity to catch-up if you missed him.

I am currently doing a few days work for my old employer Learning and Teaching Scotland. The task is to support a working group of the LTS Advisory Council to publish their thoughts on ‘Creativity Across Learning’. There is some symmetry in this task as first job I got when I joined LTS in 2001 (10 years ago!), as Head of Future Learning and Teaching, was to support a working group that led to an excellent thought piece on ‘Creativity in Education’.

Since then I have maintained a keen interest in the area and am increasingly of the view that high-order thinking, and in particular creativity, is the missing dimension in education. Learners spend too much time at the bottom end of Blooms Taxonomy – remembering, understanding and sometime applying – and almost no time analysing, evaluating and creating. We have also allowed creativity to be seen as the domain of the ‘creative arts’ whilst around us the products of science and technology demonstrate as much if not more creativity in action … More of this later I promise.

For those of you who enjoy Sir Ken’s style of delivery this is another classic. He finishes by quoting Carl Jung:

‘I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become’.

Robinson calls for us all to actively make those choices, not be determined by the past and to relentlessly seek out our passions. For me this message is at the core of what education should be about. Parent and teachers should be supporting learners to find their passion and through deep learning help them to transform their lives.

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