Friday, April 16, 2010

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

 Now I've been, somewhat, on both sides of this equation... as a former college Professor, and as a student, and to a degree played the roles of student and teacher a number of times, back and forth, both professionally and I suppose a bit in my private life as well.  Always looking to learn more, and (when appropriate) share what I've learned with others; BUT I must admit, especially after teaching as a college Professor, I do have some fundamental issues with the general system of education via schools (and how we are expected to learn and to teach), and in particular how we're educating our children.

 Recently I happened upon this TED talk, in which Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

 For those of you who don't know about TED talks, and of TEDx, the independently-organized TED events around the world. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, politics and the arts.

  Everyone should watch this:

  To learn more about Sir Ken Robinson and his work click here.
  To check out more TED Talks click here.

The old philosophical question:
  "If a tree falls in the forest and nobody hears it, did it really happen?"
Fun quote:  
  "If a man speaks his mind in a forest and no woman hears him, is he still wrong?"
...  I love it :)