Episode 114: "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"

I believe that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather we are educated out of it
— Sir Ken Robinson, "Do schools kill creativity?", TED, February 2006
My contention is that all kids have talents and we squander them. Pretty ruthlessly.
— Sir Ken Robinson, "Do schools kill creativity?", TED, February 2006
What these things have in common is that kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll have a go. Am I right? They’re not frightened of being wrong. I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. What we do know is, if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original — if you’re not prepared to be wrong.
— Sir Ken Robinson, "Do schools kill creativity?", TED, February 2006

With over 41 million views, Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk "Do schools kill creativity?" is worthy of the attention. In his profound, sincere and often humorous evaluation of the education system, he explores the effect it has on the self-esteem and creative explorations of children. We react to the points he makes through the lens of our own experiences in education. As Robinson points out, our society has developed a system whose limits and expectations excludes valuable human ability and perspective. Are there ways in which educational standards could shift to appreciate individual viewpoints and creative outlook? How has education evolved to prize correct answers over genuine learning through mistakes?

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