How school killed you creativity – and now you scared of making mistakes

Having gone through school myself, this talk really resonates. As a matter of fact, growing up, I often felt I got dumber and dumber each year, and of course this puzzled me. I have always thought that education was not a matter of memorization and the learning of abstract theory even though this is what our current systems enforce. Education rather ought to be learning how to acquire and use knowledge in the pursuit of one’s goals.

When education, the stress should be to raise the ability, the initiative and the cultural level, and the survival level of that society. Imagine what would happen if we stressed the right of the individual to select what they want to know, to use any knowledge as they wish. This would completely revolutionize not just the industry, but our future as well, and for the better.

What ideas do you have on how to go about improving the quality of education in our schools?

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson 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. © TED Conferences, LLC


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