Sir Ken Robinson's life work is telling anyone who will listen how traditional educational systems all too often stifle creativity and personal growth, and how we can change that.
It's a message that resonates with a huge number of people (the video of Robinson's talk a few years ago at the TED conference is hugely popular). Recently users of the online community reddit.com had the opportunity to put questions to Sir Ken Robinson. Here's the transcript of the ten most popular questions, with his answers.
As always, Robinson's insights are profound, and his suggestions are both audacious and inspiring:
The real place to focus, initially, is on the work you do yourself. I'm always keen to say this: Education doesn't happen in the committee rooms of Washington, or London, or Paris or Berlin. It doesn't happen in government buildings. It happens in the minds of students and learners. It happens in the classroom.
If you've got a child, education then is not what's happening in the Beltway; it's what's happening in their head and body, today, in their classroom, or wherever they're being held to learn. So what I would say to teachers is: Change your own practice, today. The education your children are getting is a result of what you're doing with them.