In February 2006, at the official TED conference, Sir Ken Robinson was delivering a speech on the gaps in our educational system, the significance of creativity and the numerous types of intelligence which have to be considered. He argues for a revolutionary rethink of our school system.
Sir Ken Robinson states that creativity is as significant as literacy and that, further, all children are talented and not afraid to be wrong. Mistakes should not be stigmatized but rather be seen as part of the learning procedure. Thus, “if you are not able to be wrong, you will never come up with something original”.
Robinson says that we need to rethink the way we observe intelligence: it is diverse, we believe visually, kinaesthetically, in movement etc. It is dynamic, having actual ideas often comes about through the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things and it is distinct. For the recent he illustrates the example of Gillian Lynne, a famous choreographer who was nearly diagnosed with a learning disorder as a child due to her incapacity to sit still in class.
In the end, Robinson pleas to all of us to see “our creative capacities for the richness they are” and to help create an educational system that assists rather than undermines creativity.
The talk is intriguing for everybody who is interested in education or is working in the educational sector. Further it should be fetching for politicians who are the ones who can bring about modifications to the law. Ultimately the talk is engaging for everybody due to the fact that every person in the world should have access to adequate and supporting education.
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Robinson argues that schools are primarily concerned with conformity and that this has a negative impact on creativity. To read more, Click Here
Sir Robinson contends that “creativity now is as important in education as literacy.” To read more, Click Here
As evidence of how schools kill creativity, Robinson cites the example of a young girl called Gillian Lynne who, at the age of eight, was already viewed as a problem student with a probable learning difficulty due her inability to sit still and concentrate. To read more, Click Here
It is only in recent times that creativity has been understood to be a noteworthy part of a child’s development. To read more, Click Here
Why the disconnect between educators’ official stance toward creativity, and what actually happens in school? To read more, Click Here
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