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 am a teacher. Last year, I attended the funeral of a student. At what point do we stop cramming test prep and provide the fertile ground necessary for kids (and teachers) to do what they love and to thrive? It does no good to strive to meet the expectations of others when their expectations are miles off the mark.
Poetry, music, drama, art, discovering the beauty of science, the mind of the cartoonist, the depths and the universality of math. There's so much joy in being alive and in learning.
It's vital to bring that to life in class.
Thank you for this book, Ken Robinson.
Love everything about this book and onto reading Finding the element !!
Really all the explanations, the examples , how it's narrated , makes it a number one !!
the element has earned itself a place in my top 10 book list. when we focus on teachers teaching and students learning great things we can change the disaster of government run schooling with education.
A book that should be read by every educator across the US. We each have something to offer the world if someone would help us find that greatness.
this is a reminder for everyone who thinks they can't that they can. all you have to do is be open to what that Can is and be willing to go out and find it
It's never too late to discover our passion! Inspiring stories about others who persevered to truly enter into operating in their element. Finding the place where innate talent and passion meet leads us to our Element. Sir Ken Robinson's sense of humor adds a twist of fun to the book. Excellent read!!