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22 August 2020 20:32

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Sir Ken Robinson dead: Author dies 'peacefully' aged 70 following short battle from cancer

Come rain or sunshine, the Echo newsletter brings the latest news straight to your inbox Sign me up Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Tributes have been paid to to the Liverpool-born TED talk star Sir Ken Robinson after he died following a short battle with cancer. The educationalist was born on Merseyside in 1950 to a working-class family, but spent most of his career crossing the globe advising governments from the UK to Singapore. He was also an Honorary Patron of Everton Free School and Sixth Form College. Speaking in Liverpool shortly after becoming a patron, Sir Ken said: "There are great schools everywhere, I've just offered to become a patron of the Everton free school. They building it in Spellow Lane where I grew up.

"To me it's about radically personalising education. "I often tell politicians: If you want to stop the problems in education, stop causing them." Sir Ken was professor emeritus of arts education at the University of Warwick, but he is probably best known for a speech he gave for the series "TED talks". The lecture, "Do Schools Kill Creativity", has been viewed online over 60 million times and seen by an estimated 380 million people in 160 countries. He was also the author of many books, including two New York Times bestsellers. Keep up to date with local news in your area by adding your postcode below Sir Ken Robinson's Twitter account tweeted: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce Sir Ken Robinson died peacefully yesterday, 21st August 2020, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer.

Sir Ken faced many challenges, having contracted polio as a child."Literally overnight," he later wrote, "I went from being a strong, fit and highly energetic child, to being almost completely paralysed." He and his six siblings were also affected when his father had an industrial accident which left him quadriplegic. Sir Ken, though, managed to pass the eleven-plus exam and win a scholarship to the Liverpool Collegiate School, which in turn led to a university education and a role directing arts education across England and Wales. His brother Neil became a professional footballer, playing among other clubs, for Everton. In recognition of his achievements, Liverpool John Moores University awarded Sir Ken an Honorary Fellowship in 2014. We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters.

Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. Sign up fornow and never miss the top Royal stories again. Best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson, died "peacefully" aged 70 from cancer yesterday. The number one TED Talk speaker was "surrounded by his family" at the devastating time. The news was confirmed on his official Twitter page as they wrote: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce Sir Ken Robinson died peacefully yesterday, 21st August 2020, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. "We will be following up with a further update as we begin to follow Sir Ken's wishes and honour his legacy." The educationalist was born in Merseyside in 1950 and an Honorary Patron of Everton Free School and Sixth Form College. He is well known for his TED talk lecture called: "Do Schools Kill Creativity". READ MORE: Best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson, died "peacefully" aged 70 from cancer yesterday. The number one TED Talk speaker was "surrounded by his family" at the devastating time. The news was confirmed on his official Twitter page today as they wrote: "It is with heavy hearts that we announce Sir Ken Robinson died peacefully yesterday, 21st August 2020, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer. "We will be following up with a further update as we begin to follow Sir Ken's wishes and honour his legacy." More to follow…