Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education

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Penguin, Apr 21, 2015 - Education - 320 pages
A revolutionary reappraisal of how to educate our children and young people by Ken Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of The Element and Finding Your Element. You, Your Child, and School is forthcoming from Viking.
 
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.
 

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"Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education" by Ken Robinson provides a timely and important analysis of education in the world today. The book follows a widely viewed TED Talk from 2006 in which Robinson poses an important question to the audience, "Do Schools Kill Creativity"?
Robinson addresses this question in the book by pointing out that in many ways, education is done in largely the same manner around the world. Although his primary concern is that of American education, he points to global examples of how education is changing. The way things have always been done since the Industrial Revolution and England to NCLB under President Bush have offered little true reform.
Robinson's solutions are refreshing, and student centered. He writes with the underlying belief that students are equipped with incredible talents and that it is the structure of schools, tedious amounts of testing and government forced standardization that is squelching creativity and learning. Robinson also emphasizes that in this world that is changing rapidly, educational changes are essential.
Some of his ideas might be viewed as revolutionary because they are so known. The reader will have to consider completely new school calendars and schedules, schools that utilize social media instead of shunning it and students making their own educational decisions. Robinson also builds of the existing family engagement movement and suggest that schools be centerpieces of communities and that schools truly allow parents and families to participate in education.
This book is essential reading for any teacher, administrator and for parents seeking to bring about change in their community. This book has value for business leaders, nonprofits, elected officials and most importantly school boards. It truly suggests a grassroots movement. A movement that is top down and directed by federal legislation won't work. Robins correctly believes that education is best suited for localities and communities and thus grassroots change is the key.
 

Contents

Praise for Creative Schools
Changing Metaphors
Changing Schools
The Art of Teaching
Whats Worth Knowing?
Principles for Principals
Bring It All Back Home
Afterword
Copyright

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Ken Robinson is one of the world’s most influential educators. Listed by Fast Company as “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” and ranked among the Thinkers50 of the world’s top business thought leaders, he advises governments, corporations, and leading cultural institutions. Lou Aronica is the author of four novels and coauthor of The Element and Finding Your Element. He lives in Connecticut.

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