Sample outline

Final project outline



Sir Ken Robinson


  1. Introduction
    1. Three themes of the TED conference
      1. Speakers have provided great evidence of human creativity
      2. There is uncertainty of what the future holds and needs
        1. Education is viewed as the key connector between now and the uncertain future
      3. Children possess a great capacity for creativity
    2. FOCUS - Creativity is as important, if not more, than literacy and should be given the same status in education.


  1. The key to creativity is a willingness to be wrong.
    1. A student in a drawing lesson decided to draw a picture of God
      1. Teacher says no one knows what God looks like.
      2. Student replies that they will when she is done
    2. Robinson’s son was in a nativity play.
      1. One of the Wise Men said “Frank sent this” instead of frankincense.
    3. Education views mistakes as the worst thing you can do.
    4. Picasso - “All children are born artists.  The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”  (citation)
    5. We don’t grow into creativity; we grow out of it (or are educated out of it).


  1. Education needs to change.
    1. Narrative of family move from Stratford on the Avon to Los Angeles
      1. Imagine being Shakespeare’s teacher.
      2. Robinson’s son had to leave his girlfriend.
      3. There was a similarity in the hierarchy of education subjects in England and the U.S.
    2. Every country has the same hierarchy in education.
      1. Academic subjects are given the most time and attention.
      2. The Arts are lower on the hierarchy.
        1. Drawing and music are given more attention.
        2. Dance is given little time.
      3. Education travels up the body over time until all education is focused on the head.
      4. The goal of education is to create university professors.
    3. Public education was formed during industrialization.
      1. The most useful subjects are those that will get you a job.
      2. Education becomes a long term university preparation.
    4. Education is changing.
      1. Degrees are not worth as much anymore.
        1. More people have been educated in the last 30 years than the number since the beginning of history (Unesco)
          1. Technology
          2. Population explosion
        2. Young people with degrees live at home playing video games.


  1. There are three keys to creativity.
    1. Creativity is diverse.
      1. Kinesthetic
      2. Visual
      3. Auditory
    2. Creativity is dynamic.
      1. Creativity definition - the process of having original ideas that have value.
      2. People have different talents.
        1. Women are better at multitasking.
          1. Narrative of the difference between Robinson and his wife cooking in the kitchen.
    3. Creativity is distinct.
      1. Jillian Lind, Broadway director of Cats,  was almost misdiagnosed as a child.
        1. She was taken to the doctor for ADHD.
        2. The doctor said, “Jillian isn’t sick; she is a dancer.”
        3. Some people have to move to think.


  1. Conclusion -- The only hope for the future is to rethink education.
    1. Education has mined our minds for a commodity (intelligence) like strip mining.
    2. Jonas Salk - “if all insects disappeared, in 50 years all life would disappear.  If all humans disappeared, in 50 years all life would flourish.
    3. Fostering creativity is the key to educate students for the uncertain future.