I loved it! Very inspirational. Great for everyone. I feel that it may especially help parents to be better able to see their children in a different light.
This is a book I am ready to start handing out at airports, as it eloquently articulates some of the fundamental socioeconomic issues of the Western World (particularly the US) due to our failing school system. He explains the problem is systemic — the entire schema of teaching in a top-down, industrialized, mass-production model that is so focused on teaching content is outmoded and irrelevant for today's economy, never mind tomorrow's. Educating kids in a way that is relevant and effective for them requires us to teach to the individual, not a standardized test — teaching them how to become life learners in areas that play to their strengths is the key.
The fact that he reads this himself adds a great deal, as he is a great speaker. Also hilarious.
A refreshing perspective society is desperately in need of. Gives us a look at current failing education system and a unique detailed view on those that work. It's not a self help book, but will definitely make you question your path in life or provide reassurance... I love hearing about the struggles and triumphs of so many interesting people, like Matt Groening, Chuck Close, Paul McCartney, and so many more... Sir Ken Robinson definitely took his time with this gem, there are so many references, studies, interviews and quotes, I found myself going back to previous chapters to make sure I didn't miss anything (not sure if that's a good thing, if you want to get through it quickly)... First time I ever heard of the term "element" wish I knew about it growing up, I guess it's never too late to start. Can't wait to start the next one.
I haven't read the print version of this book, but I'm seriously considering getting one and giving it to our school principal.
It just really struck a chord with me. And, it has already helped.
The narration didn't get in the way of the message, which isn't as easy to achieve as it should be.
That the education system needs a massive overhaul. It has for a long time and we really need to make it happen.
This is important for you, even more so if you have kids or grandkids.
I'm new to the audiobook experience, but very much enjoyed The Element. Easy to listen to and clear. It did not tip into "self-help", but presented the material with scientific back up in a way that was easily accessible to all. Good read!
Your element does not have to be the center of your life (i.e. Your paid profession), but simply needs to be a part of your life, and should inform your life design.
The book offered tremendous amounts of examples and the benefits of finding one's Element. It seemed as though 80-90% of the examples were in the arts. I would have preferred more diversity. The left wing talking points in the final chapter were unnecessary. I also acknowledge this was less than 1% of the text.
Despite these critiques, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and it provided me with strategies to further explore my true element and provided a framework for discussions with my children.
... For all humanity really.
Nothing different than what I've come to expect from Sir Robinson.
If I have any spiritual practice at all. I f I need to name my religion - I'd say the pursuit of the element in myself my kids and all who I may be able to reach is my "religious experience"
This is no doubt one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. I left with a distinct motivation to ensure I had found my purpose and ensuring I was assisting those around me with finding theirs!
The end took a bit of a political turn when it comes to the public education system, and that won't sit well with everyone. Despite that, and I agree with Ken on the topic, I think Ken is coming from a good place here and his material was spot on and valid.
Ken's accent was a nice change of pace and his performance was excellent.
Ken Robinson has spent most of the book providing examples of how people have found the thing they love to do best. And that is good, for it is clear that many times the discovery is serendipitous. What I liked best was the fact that he agrees that what we are passionate about may not be what we should always do to earn a living. I grew up in India where a college education has never guaranteed a job. When I was a child, I once asked my father what I should do, if I didn't enjoy my job. He replied immediately that I should use the money I earned to do what I liked. I hope people love what they do, but being impractical won't always make people happy and finding the Element is about being happy. Also schools should try to provide more opportunities for children to learn using whichever way suits them best and customize lessons, but that is no guarantee that children will know what they wish to do for the rest of their life, when they leave school. They will have to see what kind of needs they will be best suited to fulfill, given their own interests and sometimes there is no obvious match. So, they will just have to take up what opportunities are available and keep looking. What I enjoyed most was how keen Robinson was that people should not be too quick to give up looking for a job that they would enjoy intensely. Good book, good narration.
Excellent language and clarity of presentation
Author's stories for obvious reasons have retrospective features; presented cases are in a sense self-selected.
Postulated educational approach would need to be tested prospectively for validation.