Sir Ken Robinson at TED in 2006

This is only the conclusion, but it’s a very good summary

What I think it comes to is this, Al Gore spoke the other night about ecology and the revolution that was triggered by Rachel Carson.

I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology. One in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. Our education system has mined our minds in the way we strip mine the earth for a particular commodity and for the future it won’t service. We have to rethink the fundamental principals on which we are educating our children.

There was a wonderful quote by Joan Assault ‘If you were to… ‘if all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years, all life on earth would end. If human beings were to disappear, all forms of life on earth would flourish’ And he’s right. What TED celebrates is the gift of the human imagination. We have to be careful now that we use this gift wisely and that we avert some of the scenarios that we’ve talked about and the only way we’ll do it is by seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are and seeing our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being so that they can face this future. By the way? we may not see this future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it. Thank you very much.

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