Saturday, March 7, 2015
Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk on How Schools Kill Creativity
Inspired by How to Deliver a TED Talk, reviewed here yesterday, I watched Sir Ken Robinson's 2006 TED Talk "How Schools Kill Creativity." As Jeremey Donovan noted, his talk was funny and inspiring. He talked about his belief that creativity has the same importance as literacy for education. He claimed that if you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. We're educating children the same way all over the world, in a system that was developed to prepare kids to be part of an industrial society. Science and math are at the top, creative arts are at the bottom. He claims that intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct, and he plugs a book he was working on at the time of the video: Epiphany: True Stories of Sudden Insight to Inspire, Encourage, and Transform. If you have 20 minutes to spare, this video is inspiring.