TED TALK OF THE DAY #001 : Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Ted Speaker – Ken Robinson | TED2006

As a parent, are you worried that schools have closed down due to Coronavirus pandemic? Perhaps, you should be happy! Many (myself included) argue that schools are meant to damage your child’s genius and creativity.

Let me hand-over to Sir Ken Robinson, an “International advisor on education” and author of many books including “The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything”

A Snippet from the talk:

What these things have in common is that kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll have a go. Am I right?

They’re not frightened of being wrong. I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. What we do know is, if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original — if you’re not prepared to be wrong.

And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong.

And we run our companies like this. We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.

And the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.


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