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Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution Thats Transforming Education Hardcover – April 21, 2015
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“Compelling...Robinson wants a revolution in education...and he wants us—you—to be the change.”—The Guardian
“Creative Schools is one of those rare books that not only inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education, but also lays out an actionable strategy. Ken Robinson is leading a daring revolution to change how we understand schools, learning, and most importantly, the passion and talent of our students. This is a global game-changer and I'm in.”—BRENÉ BROWN, PH.D., author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly
“Creative Schools is wonderful and enjoyable. It makes us rethink what real schooling, learning, and creativity means.”—MALALA YOUSAFZAI, author of I Am Malala and Nobel Prize Laureate
"Ken Robinson’s Creative Schools offers a brilliant and compelling vision for what education must become. His powerful call to action cites wonderful examples where the education of the future is happening today. Don’t miss this important book!”—TONY WAGNER, author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap and Expert In Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab
“Make me care. Sir Ken and Lou turn these three words into a mantra for the future of education. We don't do education to students, we do it with them. I hope every teacher and every parent reads this.”—SETH GODIN, author of Stop Stealing Dreams
"Sir Ken Robinson has been a leading voice for radical change in education for decades. In Creative Schools, he not only articulately defines the problem, but also provides a practical roadmap for transforming the system one school at a time. Far from being a pipe dream, Sir Ken Robinson highlights educators who are leading the charge and revolutionizing education NOW."—DAVE BURGESS, New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator
“From the pen of the world's expert on creativity comes a comprehensive and compelling statement of why creativity matters for everyone, what it looks like in action, what kinds of curriculum and assessment systems are needed to support it, and how to get there. Inspiring and so readable you will feel Sir Ken is talking directly to you.”—ANDY HARGREAVES, author of Professional Capital and Thomas More Brennan Chair at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education
“Ken Robinson is the world’s most potent advocate of global education transformation; his clarity, passion and insight have inspired millions, including me. This book is not only a catalyst, or call to action; it is a manifesto; a practical exploration and celebration of what is possible. Now it’s up to us; we must read, react and accelerate the revolution.”—RICHARD GERVER, author of Creating Tomorrow’s Schools Today
“Sir Ken Robinson does it again with this compelling book. His explanations and examples are spot on. As Creative Schools shows, there’s no denying the change is occurring.”—ELLIOT WASHOR, Co-Founder of Big Picture Learning and author of Leaving to Learn
“Forget the chatter about disruptive technological and economic forces in education. Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica vividly describe the disruptions that are needed if we are to have quality education in our time.”—HOWARD GARDNER, author of Five Minds for the Future
“This is the book we have been waiting for from Sir Ken Robinson —laying out what is fundamentally wrong with our education systems, and correspondingly showing what and how it should and could be different. He makes creativity, and much more, come alive. Don’t start reading this book unless you have three hours before you, as you will have difficulty putting it down. Then, think about what you might do and re-read the book with others to start making the changes. Creative schools indeed! The timing is perfect.”—MICHAEL FULLAN, OC. Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto and author of The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact
“This book is a wake-up call to the emerging global human resources crisis. Increasing boredom, disengagement and dropouts among students have become chronic aspects of many school systems around the world. Creative Schools is a must-read for anyone who is interested in critique, vision, and theory of change for the new course of schooling.” —PASI SAHLBERG, author of Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland
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However, he has moved to the USA and has now put out this fascinating and far reaching book on how to transform this nation’s troubled educational system. As he said "Some people tell me they enjoy my talks online but are frustrated that I don’t say what they can do to change the system. I have three responses. The first is, “It was an eighteen-minute talk; give me a break.” The second is, “If you’re really interested in what I think, I’ve published various other books, reports, and strategies on all of this, which you may find helpful.” The third response is this book."
Sir Ken decries the huge profits standardized testing businesses are making at the expense of actually learning something. He suggests an "end to our outmoded industrial educational system" but suggests "a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century."
Sir Ken has a witty and engaging style that draws you along and makes his ideas seem easy (but I suspect they wont be). Don't mistake his ideas for a general condemnation of the US Schools system- he points out many things our schools are doing right.Read more ›
Below you are going to get my thoughts about certain pieces of the book. This is not a review so much as a reflection. To be honest, you should read this book. If for nothing else to make you think about your assumptions. You might agree with him and you might firmly disagree. The basis of a high quality read for me is when I read passages over and over, take copious notes, rethink my own thoughts, and do further research. This book lead me to do all of these things. I believe it is an important read for anyone involved in education to think about how you are going to use your voice and agency to make the changes necessary to transform schools. Please read it with hopes of inspiring a movement. There...that is my review. Now to my ideas
"In terms of teaching, the standards movement favors direct instruction of factual information and skills and whole-class teaching rather than group activities. It is skeptical about creativity, personal expression, and nonverbal, non mathematical modes of work and of learning by discovery and imaginative play, even in preschool."
When I first read this I had to stop. I disagreed at first until I stopped and really read what he was saying.Read more ›
I did not get passed the introduction without a highlighter. Ken writes: "As I see it, the aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become better fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens."
In my journey of empowering my kids to be the best version of themselves, I find this book invaluable for me to be very proactive in creating a new space for them to learn and grow. Thank you! It was a pleasure to meet you as well!! CLD
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Note: Ken Robinson again collaborated with Lou Aronica on this book but the voice is his.
In a perfect world, schools would be communities in which shared learning... Read more
Ken Robinson is a must for any parent negotiating school, whether private or public. Empowers you to understand what's going on, and more importantly, how to ascertain what is or... Read morePublished 13 days ago by LAH
NICE! Ken Robinson is the new education innovator and everyone--parents, teachers and--well, everyone ought to read his books! Read morePublished 15 days ago by Abundance4all
Good points raised but no framework for how to improve them. Way too many sections of the book start with "There's a little school in blah blah town and they have it all... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr C N A Moritz
Truth! He outlines the very root of the problem. Kids need to be invested in their own education. Learning occurs when passions are unleashed and enthusiasm rules. Read morePublished 1 month ago by melissa
Dr. Robinson is a great motivatior for change. It is a simple explanation about why we have to change the methods and the purpose of education.Published 1 month ago by Dr. Edgar Leon