Have a listen to Sir Ken Robinson, from the TED conference, on creativity and education. It’s a great talk filled with humour and deep insight about how the public education system does not serve creativity, children or our collective future. Some quotes:
All kids have tremendous talents, and we squander them.
Creativity is as important as literacy and we should teach it with the same status.
Kids will take a chance…if they don’t know, they’ll have a go. They’re not frightened of being wrong…If you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original…We stigmatize mistakes.
We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it, or more precisely we are educated out of it.
I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology…we have to rethink the fundamental principles upon which we are educating our children.
We may not see this future but [our children] will, and our job is help them make something of it.
Go listen to the lecture and let me know what you think…