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.
I have always said that the quote "mebody can't do everything but everybody can do something" is really so profound it could change our world. If everybody down there Alan and didn't little something they were born on earth to do we would have The world bursting with human resources, and every current problem known to man solved.
If you don't know what your element this book will help you find it. It brilliant book by a brilliant man I hope one day his books are read by every teacher in training in universities around the world.
I listened to this whole book in 2 days! Great information for anyone seeking their purpose and passion.
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.