Day 17: Ken Robinson; Schools kill creativity

Modern education kills creativity. There you have it. In order for creativity to flourish, people should be allowed to make mistakes. Pizar say so, the New York Times says so, Julia Cameron says so and here, Ken Robinson throws his opinion into the mix. Watch his talk, it’s hilarious.

Every education system in the world has a hierarchy of subjects- maths at the top, arts at the bottom. So why do kids do maths daily and not dance? Because of the manner in which creativity is devalued, there are a lot of people out there who are creative but don’t know it.

Schooling systems developed in response to the industrial revolution. In the modern world, this is no longer fully relevant. Yet things have gotten out of control; a bachelors degree is no longer good enough, sometimes a masters degree is insufficient. Robinson thinks kids today are educated from the waist up, leading up to their heads and focusing on one side only. The whole purpose seems to be to produce university professors; and in his experience, professors live in their own heads.

UNESCO estimate that in thirty years more people in the world will be educated than at any other time in history. According to Robinson, the ecology of education needs to change in order to build for the future.

And he should know what he’s talking about. Robinson’s impressive portfolio includes leading the British Government’s 1998 advisory committee on creativity. He was knighted in 2003 for his efforts. He also was a professor in a past life. Click on the link below!!


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