“I believe this passionately: that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it.”
In this week’s Ted Talk, Sir Ken Robinson discusses what he believes to be the most pressing issue with the education system in America and throughout the world; the stifling of creativity. Mistakes, Robinson points out, are now considered to be the worst possible thing a child can produce in our current educational system. Rather than fostering creativity, energy, dance and movement, schools are reinforcing an approach that fast tracks children and growing learners into careers that the majority of society finds most pressing, inevitably leaving the arts in the gutter. Robinson suggests that instead of condemning abstract thought, uncontrollable motion, and distracted dreamers, we should be celebrating them, channeling them into the appropriate course of study, and letting the natural creativity found in every child flourish. This is what will help individuals and ultimately or society reach its greatest potential.
Do you agree with Robinson’s analysis of the education system? What improvements could be made or have been made since this talk was conducted? What are potential future issues if we continue a system that causes children to grow out of creativity?