Do Schools Kill Creativity?
I’ll admit it — I’m a TED junky! TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design.) is an annual interdisciplinary conference that brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers & doers and challenges them to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less). TED talks are presented in video format on TED.com and are almost always eye-opening — and very often downright mind-blowing!
My latest favorite TED talk features creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenging the way we’re educating our children and championing a radical rethink of our school systems. He contends that students with restless minds & bodies are stigmatized & needlessly medicated — rather than cultivating individuals for their energy & unique types of intelligence, our schools straightjacket kids into educational paths that squash & squander their creativity & distinctive gifts.
Grab a cup of coffee, settle in for an entertaining few minutes, and open your mind: