What Sir Ken Got Wrong

A must-read for any educator who’s been touched by Sir Ken’s vision.

Pragmatic Education

“We are educating people out of their creativity”

Sir Ken Robinson


Sir Ken Robinson’s ideas on education are not only impractical; they are undesirable.


If you’re interested in education, at some point someone will have sent you a link to a video by Sir Ken Robinson, knighted for services to education in England in 2003. He has over 250,000 followers on Twitter, his videos have had over 40,000,000 views online, and his 2006 lecture is the most viewed TED talk of all time. The RSA Opening Minds curriculum his ideas are associated with is taught in over 200 schools in the UK. He clearly has some influence.

What explains such iconic influence? Like a magician’s performance, explaining the magic helps to dispel it. Humour, anecdote and charm combined with online, animated media explain why it’s gone viral. Jokes get contagious laughter from his audience in the video, and…

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2 thoughts on “What Sir Ken Got Wrong

  1. kim cowie

    Actually Sir Ken has got it right, as a teacher of 30+ years his message has simply confirmed what I have instinctively been feeling for a long time. Our obsession with the basics and testing has driven us down a sterile road and the journey is gathering speed as some school leaders find ever more restrictive means to achieve Outstanding according to an Education Secretary who clearly makes policy based on his personal preference rather than research.

    1. LearningLondon Post author

      Our obsession with the basics? Without the basics there can be no higher order creativity. As the Shakespeare case demonstrates, basics are the foundation of genius. I agree with you that the way the governments are going about policy is wrong, but that’s another issue.


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