Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

“Everyone should watch this.”

This thought came to mind after watching Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on creativity. I viewed this TEDTalk in a college course on Creativity and the Literary Arts several years ago, and was reminded of it’s connection to work with Young Adults in the Library.

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance.

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

Feel free to comment after you watch!

Also, check out this RSA Animated video, Changing Education Paradigms video!

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One thought on “Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

  1. Reading *The Element* was instrumental in my choosing to home-school. The video is a “graphic lecture” (in the sense of “graphic novel”). It’s mesmerizing. Good source, TRPLTeens.

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