Schools Are Killing Creativity

by Anna Blanch on July 24, 2010

Like religion and money, Education goes deep with people. That’s a paraphrase from Ken Robinson as he explores the argument that schools kill creativity and  he challenges us to create an educational approach that nurtures creativity. He argues that creativity is as important as literacy. A funny and engaging speaker, Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He argues persuasively that we are educated out of creativity. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types.

“If you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come at anything original”
 “There’s something curious about professors – they live in their heads…they look upon their body as a form of transport for their heads. It’s a way of getting their heads to meetings.”
“We need to radically rethink our view of intelligence…intelligence is dynamic”
It’s long – 19 mins – but I think it is worth discussing.

Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews. She posts weekly over at Transpositions, a blog on Theology, Imagination, and the Arts.

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