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Summary of an article by Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

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´╗┐Summary Gerald Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity? Sir Ken Robinson started off introducing three themes. One is the extraordinary evidence of human creativity. The second is how he felt we are put us in a place where we have no idea what is going to happen and no idea how this may play out. He then continues by expressing his interest in education and how education cannot prepare us for the future as we do not know what the future holds which leads into the third theme which the extraordinary capacity that children have. He then continued saying he wanted to talk about education and creativity. His contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. That does not mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. What we do know is, if you?re not ready to be wrong, you?ll never come up with anything original. ...read more.

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The whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. And the consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they?re not, because the thing they were good at at school wasn?t valued, or was actually stigmatized In the next 30 years. According to Unesco, more people worldwide will be graduating through education than since the beginning of history. It is the combination of all the things ? technology and its transformation effect on work, and demography and the huge explosion in population. Suddenly degrees aren?t worth anything. When he was a student, if you had a degree, you had a job. If you didn?t have a job it?s because you didn?t want one. But now kids need an MA where the previous job required a BA, and now you need a PhD for the other. It?s a process of academic inflation. And it indicates the whole structure of education is shifting beneath our feet. ...read more.

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Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth, for a particular commodity, and for the future, it won?t serve us. We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we are educating our children. There was a wonderful quote by Jonas Salk, who said, ?If all the insects were to disappear from the earth, within 50 years all life on earth would end. If all human beings disappeared from the earth, within 50 years all forms of life would flourish.? What TED celebrates is the gift of the human imagination. We have to be careful now that we use this gift wisely, and that we avert some of the scenarios that we?ve talked about. And the only way we?ll do it is by seeing our creative capacities for the richness they are, and seeing our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being, so they can face this future ? by the way, we may not see this future, but they will. And our job is to help them make something of it. . ...read more.

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