Have We Been Educated out of Creativity?

Creativity and Education by Sir Ken Robinson, a Creativity expert, challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence. Some Key Points of his TED Talk:

*Creativity is as important as literacy.

*We stigmatize mistakes as the worse things you can make.

*Our educational systems educate students out of their creative capacities.

*Picasso: "All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up"

*We've become frightened of being wrong.

*We've lost the capacity of being wrong.

*You don't grow into creativity we grow out of it, or rather we get educated out of it.

*Our educational system focuses from the waist up with focus on the head and then slightly to the right.

*We need to radically change the way we think about intelligence. Intelligence is

  • Diverse
  • Dynamic
  • Distinct
*Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.

* The whole purpose of education is to produce university professors, there is an academic inflation.

*Our task is to educate the whole person for the future.

"If you're not prepared to be wrong,

you'll never come up with anything original."

Of course, this outline is no where close to the experience of listening to Sir Ken Robinson's witty delivery. Definitely worth your time!