Wednesday, July 4, 2007

DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY


Happy 4th! Today's post is one to ponder. My daughter introduced me to the TED.com website. It is an amazing window into the world of "thinkers." My first visit into the world of Ted.com lasted about 3 hours so that is the reason for the holiday post. Enjoy! Why not take a minute and share your thoughts regarding the Ted website by commenting below?



Why don't we get the best out of people? Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize -- much less cultivate -- the talents of many brilliant people. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. "All kids have tremendous talents and we squander them." He goes on to say that he believes that creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should give it the same status.


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