• Creative Schools

  • The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
  • By: Lou Aronica, Ken Robinson
  • Narrated by: Ken Robinson PhD
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (599 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ken Robinson is one of the world's most influential voices in education, and his 2006 TED Talk on the subject is the most viewed in the organization's history. Now, the internationally recognized leader on creativity and human potential focuses on one of the most critical issues of our time: how to transform the nation's troubled educational system.

At a time when standardized testing businesses are raking in huge profits, when many schools are struggling, and students and educators everywhere are suffering under the strain, Robinson points the way forward. He argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes 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 21st century.

Filled with anecdotes, case histories, and groundbreaking research, Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education.

©2015 Ken Robinson (P)2015 Tantor

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" Creative Schools is wonderful and enjoyable. It makes us rethink what real schooling, learning, and creativity means. (Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala)
"Hearing Ken Robinson discuss his vision of a better future for education is as riveting as it is eye-opening.... This audiobook should be shared, discussed, and savored by anyone interested in the future of our schools." ( AudioFile)

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The Answer to Why Students Stop Trying

This book has inspired me to go into teaching and also to share what I've learned with as many people as possible. It advocates for personalizing education and respecting all skills and abilities...not just those emphasized on the tests all students are evaluated on and told to master. It's a call to action to teach people in a way that inspires rather than kills their desire to challenge themselves toward mastering a skill and exploring their interest as far as they can go. It asks us to redefine "success" on a personal level rather than as seen through the eyes of others.

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Expected more from this author

I really expected this book to be more engaging . I was looking forward to Ken Robinson’s intelligent humor. Instead the book is plodding and didactic. Endless lists and rants that run into each other. There’s naturally some very good information. But I found it difficult to absorb the knowledge.

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Great speaker but too conventional

Few ideas. Too vague. Talks about different programs but doesn't delve deeply into any. And he doesn't consider their lasting power and doesn't get any feedback from actually students.

He's way too interested in working within the current system. For example, he briefly talks about homeschooling. At first he positive and then for seemingly no reason, he ends that conversation with a very negative and not validated quote about homeschooling from the NEA, a group that depends on as many children as possible attending their local public schools.

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Great Read for Inspiring education

Great ideas and innovative examples of schools that are using different schooling ideas. I am glad Mr. Robinson did all of the fascinating research into different schools. This books makes me want to focus on the individual student. I would recommend this book as a great inspiration for leading.

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the greatest TED talk explained in depth

this was a great book that fills the mind with hope, but also with loathing. everywhere, brilliant teaching methods are being devised, but sadly the state is still wasting its valuable resources and time promoting standardization. If you want to see what works, read this book. watch the TED talk everyone's been clamoring over, but then read this book, if you want the full in depth explanation and the positive way forward.

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Insightful

In my opinion, the other Ken Robinson's book is better - Out of Our Minds, whether for its content or for the discussions

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Great Listen

Parents, teachers, and educators should all consider giving this book a listen or read. The concepts aren't new, but as many of us are caught up in the rat race we forget the importance of learning v education. This book highlights the importance of individuality and engaging the individual as opposed to fitting everyone into the same system.

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A must read!

If you have any interest at all in education, this is a must read! Very enlightening and relevant to teachers, students, administration, parents... everyone!

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Picking My Brain

I found this book when researching a way to revolutionize the schools in my area. It was like listening to someone read my thoughts, but had the added benefit of copious research I hadn't done yet.

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Worth the listen!

Good book about ways of improving schools from a lifelong educator. Much of this book piggybacks the famous Ted Talk that he did. Lots of practical ideas that make sense. The biggest issue is getting parents to buy in to a possibly different school experience than the one that they had. Sir Ken has a very dry sense of humor that you have to really listen to, and he pronounces some of the words differently than we do in America.