On Friday, June 26th, EF will be in Davos, Switzerland kicking off their June 2015 Global Student Leaders Summit on Innovation and the Future of Education. The two-day leadership conference will bring together students from all around the world and tackle today’s most significant educational issues. Students and teachers will attend expert-led workshops from some of the world’s biggest education and technology brands such as Google, LEGO and Rovio Entertainment, and gain valuable thought leader insight from keynote speakers on the future of education, including Sir Ken Robinson and Shiza Shahid. To better understand who the Summit’s keynote speakers are, where they come from and the magnitude of their work we will feature them here on the Equator, along with their TED Talks. First up: Sir Ken Robinson.
Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally recognized education writer, researcher, adviser, teacher and speaker. He has worked in education in the United Kingdom and United States for the last thirty years. During this time, he has helped pioneer innovative teaching strategies that change how we teach students. From 1985 to 1988 he was director of the Arts in School Project, a project involving thousands of teachers and artists that helped grow arts education throughout England and Wales. Since then, Sir Ken has made it his mission to transform the education process, focusing it more on nurturing creativity through personal and customized instruction.
He has written five books on innovation and creativity, most recently Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education. Considered one of the most popular TED Talk speakers, his videos have earned over 30 million views online. While advocating for creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken continues to work with governments and education systems, international agencies, companies and leading organizations around the world. Every student learns differently, but it can be difficult for the education system as it stands to personalize education. With a heavy emphasis on standardized testing, Sir Ken Robinson feels that classrooms today tell students what they should be, rather than focusing them on what they want to be.