Probably the most influential educator of recent generations, Sir Ken Robinson inspired many with his wise words delivered with humour and insight. Do Schools Kill Creativity is still the most-watched educational content ever on YouTube. Sir Ken had the temerity to ask the fundamental questions about the purpose of education and learning in the modern world and found that schools are extremely dysfunctional when developing young people to be purposeful and engaged learners of the future. To quote Sir Ken:
‘The problem with schools isn’t that they work poorly. It’s that they work too well at doing the wrong thing.’
The worry was that the momentum for educational development would dissipate following Sir Ken’s recent death.
Luckily there are others who are also championing change.
Chris Weller’s 2015 article from Business Insider is very much in the Sir Ken tradition: Why Schools Should Be More Like Organic Farms