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September pick of the month: "Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education" by Ken Robinson

Written by WITF Staff | Sep 1, 2016 1:00 AM

Almost every parent, teacher, administrator, and elected official has a strong opinion on what is wrong with our nation's public schools. But there seems to be little agreement on how to make things better.

Sir Ken Robinson, professor emeritus at the University of Warwick in the UK, and one of the world's most influential voices on creativity and human potential focuses on this critical issue with "Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education". In this book, Robinson and co-author Lou Aronica reject the testing model so prevalent in today's school in favor of a highly personalized, organic approach that promotes critical thinking and a love of learning ahead of memorization of specific facts and formulas.

Standardized testing is big business, and that factor has an outsized influence on education reform. Robinson uses anecdotes, observations and recommendations from professionals on the front line of transformative education, as well as case histories, and groundbreaking research challenge the reader to re-consider the real nature and purpose of education.

"Creative Schools is one of those rare books that not only inspires and brings a new sense of possibility to the goal of transforming education, but also lays out an actionable strategy. Ken Robinson is leading a daring revolution to change how we understand schools, learning, and most importantly, the passion and talent of our students. This is a global game-changer and I'm in."--Brene Brown, author of the recent national bestseller "Daring Greatly"

Robinson's 2006 TED Talk on education is the most viewed in the organization's history, and his previous books "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything," and "Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life" were international bestsellers.

--Aaron's Books 

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