“We are educating people out of their creativity”, whereas we should be promoting it as a key competence for the decades ahead. This is the main message echoing from Sir Ken Robinson’s bright and entertaining TED Talk, “Do schools kill creativity?”, already watched by almost 45 million people worldwide.
The creativity expert and education guru challenges the way we’re teaching children in schools, and makes a compelling case for transforming our outmoded industrial educational system to cultivate creativity: education is “meant to take us into this future that we can’t grasp. If you think of it, children starting school this year will be retiring in 2065. Nobody has a clue (…) what the world will look like in five years’ time. And yet we’re meant to be educating them for it. So the unpredictability, I think, is extraordinary,” he says.
Underlining children’s extraordinary capacity for innovation, often squandered by an education system focused on creating “good workers” rather than “creative thinkers”, Robinson argues that “creativity now is as important in education as literacy”, and should be afforded the same status.
A renowned author and a The New York Times bestseller, Sir Ken Robinson was knighted in 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II for his work on the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy. Watch his TED Talk, “Do schools kill creativity?”, here. Check out also 10 talks on education that he picked.