Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"We are educating people out of their creativity"

I stumbled onto this short video which was taken in San Fransisco in 2006 at an education event. I really loved his humorous speaking style. Once he got going it was quite entertaining, inspiring and worth passing on. The original link: http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

He makes some really awesome points about traditional education and the importance of seeing a child for who they really are, or could be. He tells an inspiring story at the end about a well known dancer who wrote Cats.

Why you should listen to him:

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.

"Ken's vision and expertise is sought by public and commercial organizations throughout the world."
BBC Radio 4


sonnier tribe mama said...

Thanks for sharing this. I love TED talks and this one was funny but right on about the damage we are doing to our kids by trying to make them fit into a mold.

Heather's Moving Castle said...

You're welcome! I really love that talk as well. He made some great insights and hit a lot of good points for educators to consider.

~Heather ;)

kelli said...

I love this talk :)

He's so right on.