I give 5 stars to Sir Ken Robinson s talks the TED conference and this animated talk on Changing Educational Paradigms I gobbled my way through this readable book there is a lot of overlap between the various easily accessible speeches online and what is pressed within these pages Robinson has a plethora of evidence here lots of examples of how
DIFFERENT EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURES ARE REINVIGORATING SCHOOLS TAPPING CREATIVITY AND educational structures are reinvigorating schools tapping creativity and big risks through the innovation of everyday people For me though one frustrated educator sitting firmly in the middle of a public school system and its backward albiet well intentioned protocols I m left few alternativesWithout the space be creative about how to change a school system so entrenched in the past in order to be open to the creativity of our students how much change can I really make happen I would love to spend an evening discussing these things with Robinson Not only does he has my respect but he has a wonderful sense of humor something I don t channel enough when thinking about the implications of change and revolution in my careerI appreciate the ideas in this book and I m not opposed to reading from Robinson but I did find his speeches online a bit engaging even if in both cases I m left with way uestions than answers Loy Machedo s Book Review Out of Our Minds Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken RobinsonOut of Our Minds is a book of 286 pages divided into ten chapters where the main focus is Education Versus Creativity the History of Creativity the Drawbacks the Challenges and the Changes reuired in the Current Educational System to promote creativity In the book the author believes that creativity is a skillset we are all born with but then it gets shunted aside because the school systems attempt to commoditize us into their preconfigured preplanned and pre canned judging format of who and what we should become To support his point of view Robinson gives anecdotes of the Pixar World and also insights into Edison Einstein HG Wells Jean Piaget Johannes Gutenberg John Kenneth Galbraith Picasso Shakespeare Sir Frances Bacon taking us from the Industrial to the Information and now the current Networking Revolution I especially loved when the author stated that the Educational System in US and I believe it is the same the world over was modeled on the needs of the Industrial Revolution on Linearity Conformity Standardization Unuestionable Obedience and Mass Production And this is what lead to the 2008 Financial Meltdown Throughout the book he had great examples I also found it thought provoking when he added that in 1950 the average American traveled 5 miles per day Ten years ago it was 30 miles per day In ten years 2020 it will be 60 miles per day Another great example was when he reminded us that a digital wrist watch today has computing power than the spaceship Neil Armstrong used to land on the moonAnd if you were every looking out to get out of Academia and into a Creative Career this is one book that would convince you to make the transition easily There is uite a lot of content dedicated to the current educational system the pit *falls the challenges the blind spots and the drawbacks it currently suffers from In fact the amount of *the challenges the blind spots and the drawbacks it currently suffers from In fact the amount of in this book can ualify this book to be a dissertation for a PhD This book also addresses some very important uestions like Can you learn to be creative How does a lack of thinking or acting in creative ways impact people society customs culture arts and business What are the global ramifications of the degradation of creativity What inds of environments and practices are conducive to enabling creativity Where has the ability to identify and find forward leadership gone Why didn t people see the problems ahead of time or react to them uicker or avoid them in the first place Who is to judge what is creative and how is creativity judged Why are core curriculum courses in STEM science technology engineering and math considered important than the studies under the umbrella of art Why can t businesses find the types of workers and leaders they need to make their businesses successful and resilient on every level within a company Why do so many people feel they are not creative The major drawback I found to this book was that the content was at times repetitive and recurring It could be because I had read The. 'Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored in Western culture and especially in our educational systems' JOHN CLEESE 'Out of Our. Vity loves collaboration This in fact is one of the themes of Robinson s videos and of this book it s also something that I hear continually from my school administrators and I was very curious what he had to say on the subject After all I ve read several studies and books that dispute the notion that creativity works best in collaborative atmosphere read Susan Cain s popular uiet for a much better researched discussion on the subject Some people and some types of creativity reuire collaboration this research says but not most How does Robinson support his argument With an anecdote of course Pixar runs a school in which all employees including engineers security people and janitors may learn about the creative arts of filmmaking in the hope that the whole company will be fostering new connections and innovations Pixar s is an interesting idea and set up but nothing in the anecdote demonstrates that the company wide creative training has actually contributed to any of Pixar s creations And the anecdote certainly doesn t adeuately support the general notion that collaboration loves creativity This is just one example of the either unfounded or at best unsupported claims which saturate the book I m not sure that Robinson is all wrong on what he says A lot of other people are echoing him But I think this book is bold and loud and ultimately pretty empty This is an interesting subject but I d look elsewhere to learn about it Maybe I should have read a few reviews before reading this book since it was not at all what I anticipated based on the title Most of these reviews are positive which should be a good sign but still I would have thought that the author was offering ideas to stimulate creativity in individuals given the cover Instead we have an overview of *educational systems going back thousands of years changing paradigms anecdotal stories of geniuses most of *systems going back thousands of years changing paradigms anecdotal stories of geniuses most of flourished in spite of stifling societal ideas of their timesand so on All very general and most of which I already Tu Passerai Per Il Camino Vita E Morte A Mauthausen knew because I read the newspapers regularly and have read a biography or two If you re looking for ways to become creative personally and not trying to change society then look elsewhere The argument in Out of Our Minds Learning to be creative is by now a familiar one There are multiple intelligences schools tend to favor the rather narrow fact and logic basedinds that damages our creativity and especially our children who have other inds of intelligence inesthetic spatial artistic emotional and grow up thinking they re no good or at least not very smart Astonishing numbers of these ids according to Robinson go on to become successes in interesting walks of life The book came out in 2001 and represented Robinson s long hard slogging battle to make the English educational system flexible and creative
AS SUCH MANY OF THE REFERENCES ARE TO THE such many of the references are to the and its schools and Americans may find "those references occasionally a little puzzling but overall "references occasionally a little puzzling But overall is a strong book full of compelling arguments for taking a holistic view of education and at least putting study of the arts back into public education The only weak point of the book is at the end when Robinson gives a few recommendations for making bureaucracies whether in schools or businesses creative The recs strike me as unduly tentative and they fail to show how we can transform bureaucracies everywhere But as a call to action Out of Our Minds is wonderful I had to review this book for my Management of Change class and thus I had to do a very through analysis of every part of the b I love watching Ken Robinson s TED talks He s a wonderful speaker so I was excited to get my hands on this book I had to get it through Interlibrary loan from University of Wyoming I m sad to say that I was pretty disappointed It wasn t focused or deep enough for me to come away with many new insights There were so many statistics in the first couple of chapters that they lost their punch I agree with him on many points especially about how school systems need to change to prepare students for the work force of today which is much weaker in labor industries and much stronger in intellectual capital areas I also liked his comments on failings in higher education to allow students of the arts to do music or do literature instead of just writing about the works of other musicians or writers. For the survival and growth of any organization it is now This book than any other I now provides important insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices' WARREN BENNIS.
trait many professionals speaker adopt which is understoodmany professionals speaker adopt which is understood I found to be the case earlier on in my career as a speaker and also I felt that the Title was Lexterminacoeur E E Brigitte Des Colres 2 kind of misleading as it didn t sorely focus on Creativity by itself rather the History of Creativity along with interesting anecdotes factoids statements uotes arguments statistics stories suggestions speculations and opinionsMoment of TruthAfter evaluating the good and the repetitive sides of this book I would recommend this book to Parents Teachers Evaluators Decision Makers Leaders Managers Children and just about anyone who can make a change and difference into the lives of others However if you are looking for an entertaining book or something easy to read andill time with this is not the book for youOverall Rating75 out of 10Loy Machedoloymachedocom loymachedotv I was excited to read the book after watching Ken Robinson speak in TED But the book did not live up to my expectations The title and subtitle are misleading and throughout the whole book I was trying my best to link We are not teaching our children how to be creative but teaching them how not to be creativeI m paraphrasing of courseKen Robinson stated in a elouent and thought provoking way Basically he writes about how the educational system is broken and how we need to change it to foster creativity Some readers who gave this book a bad review point out that he doesn t really write about how we can tap into our creativity I think that s ind of his pointour formal education has taken away our ability to be truly creative not all of us I m sure but stilland now we re trying to find instructions from a book on how to do it My son isn t going to come up to me in a few years and say Hey momwhat can I do with this cardboard box No he s going to look at a cardboard box and say Cool A pirate ship Aaarrrrghhh How am I going to foster that when all I see is a cardboard box A fascinating read I highly recommend it Covers a LOT of territory too much too briefly His use of headings drove me crazy all the same level so all the same I was interested in reading Ken Robinson s for a couple of reasons First I m an educator who thinks that my classes should perhaps be doing to foster creativity in my students I thought that I might get some ideas from a book subtitled Learning to Be Creative Second I ve watched some of the videos of Robinson s famous TED talks He makes some large ie schools follow and industrial model and so don t promote creativity and controversial ie student cheating if done in the business world would be called collaborating claims in the videos and I wanted to see if he could back up the claims I came to the book interested and open to his ideasUnfortunately I came away from Out of Our Minds very disappointed I was disappointed for several reasons First of all I thought that it featured a real lack of creative ideas and suggestions for producing creativity During the section at the end of the book when Robinson attempts to give teachers advice on methods for promoting creativity I ept thinking What is new here With regard to suggestions for how to actually conduct a class I can t see what he would suggest that we don t already do and haven t been doing for decades Robinson does make some novel suggestions about ways that whole schools or school districts could be structured differently so as to promote creativity These however struck me as wildly unrealistic and unwieldy for public schools to implement They also struck me as failing to take into account the diverse and often troubled set of students that we attempt to teach in schools I have read a lot of reviews from non educators who fault the book for not offering them any takeaways The book some of these reviewers have said is focused too much on the education world As an educator I m sad that the book failed to offer any takeaways for me eitherThe bigger problem that I had with the book is Robinson s tremendous failure to back up his claims with research Over and over and over Robinsons arrives at conclusions which he supports only with anecdotal evidence or with statements from people he s consulted with in the business world For example on page 235 Robinson begins a section called Creati. Minds explains why being creative in today's world is a vital necessity This is a book not to be missed Read and rejoice' KEN BLANCHARD'If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary.