USL in response to Ken Robinson’s 3 principles for Education

USL in response to Ken Robinson’s 3 principles  for Education

“There are three principles on which human life flourishes and they are contradicted by the culture of education under which most teachers have to labor and most students have to endure.” – Ken Robinson


In this insightful well delivered talk, which first aired on the TED TV special on education, produced from PBS, Sir Ken Robinson highlights 3 principles with which human life flourishes and the implications that these 3 principles are needed for learning and teaching practices.

Robinson mentions that some of the ways in which America’s education culture – in fact, most of the western cultures or those of developed countries at least as well -contradict these critical principles and then goes on to offer some suggestions to improve the education and thereby the cultures.


The 3 principles that Robinson identifies are:

1. DIVERSITY: Human beings are naturally different and diverse ~ “Kids prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them.”

2. CURIOSITY: Curiosity is the engine of achievement ~ “If you can light the spark of curiosity in a child, they will learn without any further assistance, very often. Children are natural learners.”

3. CREATIVITY: Human life is inherently creative ~  ”It’s why we all have different résumés. We create our lives, and we can recreate them as we go through them. It’s the common currency of being a human being. It’s why human culture is so interesting and diverse and dynamic.”


Drawing from the practices of high-performing educational systems across the world, Robinson highlights 3 trends of real-life applications of these principles to actual educational  practices which lead to greater and more effective learning:

1.  They individualize teaching and learning. They recognize that it’s students who are learning and the system has to engage them, their curiosity, their individuality, and their creativity. That’s how you get them to learn.

2. They attribute a very high status to the teaching profession. “They recognize that you can’t improve education if you don’t pick great people to teach and if you don’t keep giving them constant support and professional development. Investing in professional development is not a cost. It’s an investment.”

3. They devolve responsibility to the school level for getting the job done. “You see, there’s a big difference here between going into a mode of command and control in education. It happens in classrooms and schools, and the people who do it are the teachers and the students, and if you remove their discretion, it stops working. You have to put it back to the people.”

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USL is not particularly focusing on school system per se necessarily, but mostly to be done online except to the very poor countries and regions that can’t afford internet access. So I will respond to 3 principles that Ken Robinson raised in terms of USL.


For Diversity, Curiosity, and Creativity

I tried to deal with more comprehensive set of principles than what Ken Robinson proposed in his TED TALKS video.

The comprehensive list is given at

From the page, I will just extract the 3 principles in response to Ken Robinson’s.

  1. CURIOSITY (particularly in response to Ken Ronbinson): Allows students to experiment to please their curiosity due to the free time possible by its enormous speed as well as its unified approaches based on perennial philosophy, which makes learning very intuitive, triggering the innate curiosity in learning.
  2. CREATIVITY (particularly in response to Ken Ronbinson): Unleashes the creativity being so easy, playful, fast, and yet with so much fun, making learning like playing fun games.
  3. DIVERSITY (particularly in response to Ken Ronbinson): (Being mostly eLearning-based and more increasingly personalized as times goes on, USL can fits into diverse learning environements for students.) USL, however, stands on its own with or without using eLearning at all because all its fundamental inspirations are drawn from the styles and elements of Perennial Philosophy which encompasses all the timeless aspects of lives and the universe. In that sense, USL goes even beyond the aspect of principle that Ken Ronbinson emphasizes because USL strives for almost archetypal elements that exist beyond space and time. This may not be completely successful, but various attempts have been successfully made.


Again, for more comprehensive list, visit here at






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