Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education
By Sir Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica
A revolutionary reappraisal of how to educate our children and young people by the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element.
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 twenty-first century. Filled with anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, case histories, and groundbreaking research—and written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style—Creative Schools will inspire teachers, parents, and policy makers alike to rethink the real nature and purpose of education.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Element gives readers an inspirational and practical guide to self-improvement, happiness, creativity, and personal transformation.
Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk video and groundbreaking book, The Element,introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired readers all over the world and has created for Robinson an intensely devoted following. Now comes the long-awaited companion, the practical guide that helps people find their own Element. Among the questions that this new book answers are:
• How do I find out what my talents and passions are?
• What if I love something I’m not good at?
• What if I’m good at something I don’t love?
• What if I can’t make a living from my Element?
• How do I do help my children find their Element?
Finding Your Element comes at a critical time as concerns about the economy, education and the environment continue to grow. The need to connect to our personal talents and passions has never been greater. As Robinson writes in his introduction, wherever you are, whatever you do, and no matter how old you are, if you’re searching for your Element, this book is for you.
Finding Your Element
By Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
By Sir Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica
The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. Witha wry sense of humor, and drawing on the stories of a wide range of artists, scientists, athletes, business leaders, academics, and many others, Ken Robinson shows why finding your Element is essential for all of us and explores the conditions that lead us to live lives that are filled with passion, confidence, and personal achievement.
“Offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self.” – STEPHEN R. COVEY, author ofThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“The Element is another reminder of why Sir Ken Robinson is one of America’s finest imports. With a crackling with and a deep humanity, he urges us to ignore the naysayers, bypass the crowd, and find the place where our talents and desires intersect. This is a truly inspiring book.” – DANIEL PINK, author of A Whole New Mind
The modern world is the product of ideas, beliefs and values of human imagination and culture have shaped it over centuries. It has been created out of our minds as much as from the natural environment. The human mind is profoundly and uniquely creative, but too many people have no sense of their true talents. Education has an important role in helping us to achieve our potential, but the processes by which we assess ability were designed for other times and for other purposes. This extensively revised and updated version of Ken Robinson’s bestselling classic, Out of Our Minds, offers a new approach to creativity in education and in business. It is a provocative call for a more innovative approach to teaching, training and development that will increase our opportunities for economic, cultural and human survival.
“If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival and growth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, provides important insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices.” – Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business and bestselling author and co-author of more than 20 books