Kiki & Lala

Are Schools Killing Creativity?

Posted on: June 26, 2009

Educator Ken Robinson thinks schools are killing creativity. He makes a humorous but strong argument for it here.

The points that struck me were:

Traditional education was designed for a newly industrialized world – when people were needed to work in factories and offices. How very 19th century.

Intelligence is diverse. To nurture it, education must be diverse as well.

Kids are innately creative. They find ways to cope and adjust to various situations. We can kill that when we narrowly focus on just a few aspects of intelligence.

I make it sound so boring. Watch this instead and let me know what you think.

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4 Responses to "Are Schools Killing Creativity?"

WOW! Lala, this clip is wildly entertaining but more importantly it makes you think…Some things he said that I like:

1. If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original

2. Intelligence is diverse, dynamic, distinct

3. Gillian Lynne – People who had to move to think

4. The Education system mined our minds to extract a particular commodity

5. Seeing creative capacity for the richness they are and our children for the hope that they are

Galeng!

i’m glad you liked it.

it really is an eye opener and it makes me feel better about my decision to put rocio in a progressive school.
not that he even mentioned waldorf but clearly, kids – and even adults! – need to tickle all parts of their brain and not just the areas that take care of math and language.

he’s hilarious, isn’t he?

i’m addicted to TED…

[…] there’s Sir Ken Robinson (who I blogged about before). He’s the world renowned educational and creativity expert who believes educational systems […]

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