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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

on January 4, 2013

This is a wonderful speaker, I love the part about Gillian Lynne. I agree with his thought that we are losing so much by not cultivating what the individual excels in. Such as Gillian Lynne, she wasn’t ADHD or some kind of disorder created for money making reasons but truly she was a Dancer!

I enjoyed the insect-human phrase as well. To think if we focused on the natural abilities we all individually possess I honestly feel less crime would be an issue, less drug users, less drop-outs and much less communication problems… just less problems. Even on the medical front. Countless kids are depressed becoming mean to self or others due to sheer fact they are misunderstood and pushed into a mold not everyone fits into rather then praised on what they do well and using those natural abilities to enhance the learning environment for them. In turn making school and people in general a much more pleasant. — what do you think?

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. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

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

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