July 16, 2008

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Peter, my 18-year-old, likes to learn about education. One day he ran across this video on ted.com by creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson. The website describes it this way: Ken Robinson "challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence."

This guy could be a stand-up comedian, but he's a serious academic. I wanted to share this with you. It's about 20 minutes long, very entertaining, and very inspiring!


Genevieve said...

This is a talk that is near and dear to my heart. Thank you for reminding me to watch it once again! So inspiring!

G.Dowell said...

Wow! This is what has been in my heart since we've starting homeschooling. He has a great way of putting what is in my heart and mind into words.

When I was in kindergarten (public school), I always looked forward to drawing and art, and I would choose that activity over all the others, such as playing house, and building with blocks. But my dear teacher would make me play with blocks and play house instead, so I could experience other activities. Today, I am an artist; drawing and painting. But I had to go through college and get an engineering degree before I realized my real passion was art. I feel that I wasted many years pursuing what I thought would make me successful in the eyes of the world instead of following my God-given talents and interests. I pray that I can help my girls develop their passions, instead of grooming them for what our society feels is important.

Jena said...

Gayle, that comment brought tears to my eyes. I think of all the kids "trapped" by the expectations of the system, and it breaks my heart. His story about the dancer reminds me of our Meg and made me thankful that we can homeschool.

Karen said...

This video was how I convinced my husband to homeschool our 7 year-old last fall, the best thing we've ever done for our family. I lost track of the speech and was so glad to find that you'd posted about it! Ken Robinson is funny and charismatic, but most of all, he's really right on.
Thanks very much for this posting.

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