PRAISE FOR OUT OF OUR MINDS
"Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems."
"Out of Our Minds explains why being creative in today'sworld is a vital necessity. This book is not to be missed."
—Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One-minute Manager and The Secret
"If ever there was a time when creativity was necessary for the survival andgrowth of any organization, it is now. This book, more than any other I know, providesimportant insights on how leaders can evoke and sustain those creative juices."
—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; Thomas S. Murphy Distinguished Rresearch Fellow, Harvard Business School; Best-selling Author, Geeks and Geezers
"All corporate leaders should read this book."
—Richard Scase, Author and Business Forecaster
"This really is a remarkable book. It does for human resources what Rachel Carson's Silent Spring did for the environment."
—Wally Olins, Founder, Wolff-olins
"Books about creativity are not always creative. Ken Robinson's is a welcome exception"
—Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, c.s. and d.j. Davidson Professor of Psychology, Claremont Graduate University; Director, Quality of Life Research Center; Best-selling Author, Flow
"The best analysis I've seen of the disjunction between the kinds of intelligence that we have traditionally honored in schools and the kinds ofcreativity that we need today in our organizations and our society."
—Howard Gardner, a. hobbs professor in cognition and education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Best-selling Author, Frames of Mind
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About the Author
Table of Contents
About the Author xi
1 Out of Our Minds 1
2 Facing the Revolution 19
3 The Trouble with Education 49
4 The Academic Illusion 81
5 Knowing Your Mind 109
6 Being Creative 139
7 Feeling Better 167
8 You Are Not Alone 197
9 Being a Creative Leader 219
10 Learning to be Creative 245
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"Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored . . . especially in our educational systems." -John Cleese
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I learned a lot from reading this book. Many of the theories Robinson proposes are rooted in improving business performance and corporate creative output, but the underlying principles are applicable to education as well. I related to the idea of there being more than one aspect of intelligence, (an idea Robinson credits to various people including Howard Gardner) and I agree with many of his conclusions in this regard. I also think that he has a great point arguing that the arts are important in the development of "whole" children. This is not the first time I have heard him discuss this. Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY where he also emphasizes the importance of a broader education for all children. In these days of streamlining education and restrictive budgets, I hope that practitioners and politicians take the time to consider the implication of phasing out the so called "unnecessary " subjects and remember the advantages to having a society rich with many diverse talents and contributions!
This is an excellent book. Every educator should read it. Ken Robinson is an excellent writer and speaker. Teachers should be given the opportunity to encourage creativity instead of having to bore students with "Drill and kill". I hope you will find it helpful and thought provoking.
He has terrific concepts and brings things people never think about to the surface and they are issues that need to be heard.
There are three themes running throughout Ken Robinson¿s "Out of Our Minds":1.We are living in revolutionary times.2.To survive and flourish in these times of change we must think differently about our abilities and make best use of them.3.We need to operate our organizations in radically different ways than we are presently.The key to addressing these themes, according to Robinson, is creativity. While Robinson argues that everyone has the capacity to be creative, our current educational system and workplaces stifle creative expression. Robinson delineates the problems within our schools and organizations and then prescribes how we may deal with them. He outlines how we need to rethink education and how to exercise creative leadership to redesign our corporations. This is not a detailed how-to manual. Robinson aims to convince us of the need to creatively deal with the challenges of society and to map out an approach to doing so. The book is worthwhile reading for educators, parents, managers, consultants, policy makers, and anyone else concerned about the future of our society and planet. According to Robinson, it is critical for the future of humanity to extricate ourselves from the outmoded paradigms of the past. To do so, we each must claim our inherent creative capacities and unite in addressing the twenty-first century challenges of concern to all of us.
Ken Robinson has a gift for explaining complicated ideas clearly, concisely and with humor. The same style he uses to engage his Ted Talk audiences is used beautifully in this book. Important ideas!