In this TED Talk, Sir Ken Robinson explains the underlying theories from his book The Element. He dispels the misinterpretation that his work is about creativity, clarifying that instead diversity in education is its main focus.
Confusion about Robinson’s intended message in The Element seems to come from statements he makes about the direct link between passion and creative work. He outlines the need for educators to encourage children to pursue work that makes them feel fulfilled, asserting “It’s not enough to be good at something, it’s about finding the thing that resonates with you fully.”
Though, I wonder if this notion is a bit idealistic. While, I agree children, even at a very young age, should have the opportunity to make decisions about what they learn, I am not certain I fully agree with some of the points Robinson makes during his Ted talk. His underlying While having a job that makes you happy is a Being good at something is not a good enough reason to do it.
The predominant theme throughout the talk is that academic systems are not equipped to handle more than one type of intelligence. He outlines the need for educators to encourage children to pursue work that they are passionate about, or resonate with the most.
Fundamentally, it seems that Robinson is asking for a drastic change, not only in the way educators measure types of intelligence, but for an expansion of the concept of human possibility.
For further reading about innovative studies exploring intelligence, I highly recommend reading work by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman. Here is a link to an article he wrote for The Huffington Post about IQ and highly gifted individuals titled The Mind of the Prodigy. Or, if you are feeling ambitious, here is a link to his book The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence, where he explores different types of intelligence, including how it relates to the cognitive unconscious and his Dual-Process theory that includes research on psychometric intelligence.