In 2006 Ken Robinson spoke at TED about developing childrenâs natural powers of creativity and imagination. Returning to TED in 2010 he wanted to focus on the need for a radical shift in education more generally. Reforming education is rightly seen as one of the biggest challenges of our times. In his view, reform is not enough: the real challenge is to transform education from a 19th century industrial model into a 21st century process based on different principles.
Current systems of education are based on the manufacturing principles of linearity, conformity and standardization. The evidence is everywhere that they are failing too many students and teachers alike. A primary reason is that human development is not linear and standardized, it is organic and diverse. People, as opposed to products, have hopes and aspirations, feelings and purposes. Education is a personal process. What and how young people are taught have to engage their energies, imaginations and their different ways of learning.