Creative Schools

The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education
Narrated by: Ken Robinson PhD
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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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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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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freakin awesome!

As a teacher I've seen exactly what Dr Robinson is talking about. From the uncomfortable chairs to the books that really dont explain the real reason behind the Civil war, I found that the whole system is completely out of date. where is the sneaker design class? Where is the yearly fashion show, and stop giving more attention to football and basketball. Almost all students hate test but if we stop using it to determine their success we will get more better results.

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Practical & Encouraging

Being determined to make a difference in my community, this book was exactly what I needed to exercise my passion for change in education. After hearing great success stories and guided wisdom, I feel more confident moving forward one step and a time. The advice given helps everyone involved in the process of education system, from parents to government officials. Wherever and whoever we are in the system, we can make a difference; and we must.

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Amazing and heartbreaking

As an educator, I duly believe in and embrace the information that Dr. Robinson shares in Creative Schools. The age of Standards and Standardized testing has removed the joy from learning and teaching. Everyone in education, from school board members to parents to superintendents and staff should read this book.

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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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Ken Robinson is always a great listen

Ken Robinson conveys an important message of this time, to put creativity in the center of education and everyday life.

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Great motivation and ideas to initiate change!

Sir Ken reveals insights for all educators to use to initiate and improve our educational system!