Ken Robinson and the Element: Curiosity, Creativity, and Mistakes

Happy Holidays, everyone.

Ken Robinson and his books, The Element, are the reasons that I became a teacher, for the second time.

I was an elementary school teacher for nearly 20 years before I heard about this thing called Montessori Education. I remember, vividly, watching this video for the first time when I was teaching in Taiwan and contemplating taking the giant leap to get my Montessori training. His book, The Element, convinced me that being among other Montessori teachers, parents, and children would help me find my “element”: a community in which curiosity and creativity are valued, not killed.

The Video that inspired me to become a Montessori teacher:

http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity#t-334803

Another interesting article on the subject:

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/08/debunking-the-genius-myth/

More on Ken Robinson:

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Why you should listen

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, will be published by Viking in May 2013.

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