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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

Critic Reviews

" 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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A must for educators and parents

Why do we not listen when truth is spoken? As a teacher I read amazing books like this one that tell us how educators can make a difference and know I’ll need to read it again and again to keep myself reminded. If we all do something in our schools and classrooms things can change, not quickly but like a rolling boulder that is slow to start and then can’t be stopped.

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Would you listen to Creative Schools again? Why?

Yes, it is refreshing and important to be reminded of why I became an educator. Though it is hard to be the change as an individual in public education, the book had many inspiring examples of what an individual teacher can do to transform the students they encounter. I highly recommend this book!

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Amazing, inspiring!

Amazing, inspiring! A must read for anyone wanting transformative change in education. Real examples from around the world where change is already happening.

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Brilliant!!!

I loved his TED talks so much that I had to get this book. It has deepened my philosophy and belief about what a true education ought to be.

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Great Information - Articulated Very Well

Contains great info and stories that are pertinent to anyone engaged in education either as a parent or professional.

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Great Perspectives!

This book really shows the real issues and offers realistic ideas on how to improve education.