Creative Schools the Grassroots revolution that's transforming education

By: Ken Robinson

APA Citation: K. R., Ph.D. (2015). Creative Schools. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

REVIEW of 2/3rd:

  • In America, certain subjects are seen as more important than others
  • We should allow students to pursue their own personal interests because intelligence is diverse and multifaceted
  • Assessments should support progression and achievement, not the opposite
  • Every child learns at a different rate in a different way

Review Cont.

  • Today, school is centered around testing
  • Days have become longer and play time has been cut shorter in the hopes of better test scores
  • Teachers are expected to do so much more than what their job description states
  • Tests scores can't always define a teacher
  • Kids attention spans are already short, but now kids have the power to disengage at their finger tips
  • Find ways to inspire our students and have them wanting to stay involved

DISCUSS what you think is the driving factors behind creativity...

  • creativity is more important in personal life vs. professional life
  • creativity is driven by nature vs. nurture
  • when thinking creatively, do you think in words vs. pictures
  • takes time vs. sudden inspiration to come to a creative conclusion
  • technology making more vs. less creative
  • creativity more vs. less important in the work place


Everyone come up with as many possible uses for a paperclip.

  • A simple test of creativity
  • most people can think of 10 to 15
  • people who can come up with 200+ are considered genius
  • 98% of kindergarten children are at genius level
  • Food for thought- our education allows us to think rationally, therefore we come up with less ideas


  • All subjects should have equal importance
  • Conformity is killing creativity
  • There are so many problems that at this rate we need to start fresh
  • Standardized testing is destroying the system
  • Bring back the love of learning
  • A personalized and organic approach is what we need
  • Help students by teaching them for the world we are living in

“creativity is now as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status”

summary of last part

  • A big help to our education today is what you can teach your child outside of the classroom
  • Family involvement is vital
  • However- schools have to make parent involvement accessible
  • California school doing half in school, half homeschool
  • Partnership of teachers and parents
  • Four C's ( capabilities, connections, cognition, confidence)
  • Every kindergartener is considered creative- if you go into a high school class and ask who is creative, everyone will point/call out a few certain people
  • Too many kids claim "I don't know what I am good at"
  • Every school needs to address: Collaborative leadership, Personalized environment, Curriculum to improve performance
  • Effective Leaders: command and control NO; climate control YES
  • The environment the school creates affects the mood, motivation, and relationships of everyone within
  • Assessments are a vital part of school, but school should not be centered around assessments
  • A successful assessment supports student learning by: motivation, achievement, and standards
  • Curriculum be considered disciplines
  • Vision + Skills + Incentives + Resources + Action Plan = CHANGE


  • "Effective education is always a balance between rigor and freedom, tradition and innovation, the individual and the group, theory and practice, the inner world and the outer world."
  • "The experience of education is always personal but the issues are increasingly global."

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Created with images by AlexanderStein - "paperclip clip office"

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