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Ken Robinson says Schools Kill Creativity

From the Editor: A few day ago I received an email from a friend of SOAR with a link to the video of a talk by Sir Ken Robinson, who says schools, as they are, kill creativity. It came with these instructions:

YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY SEEN THIS VIDEO…IF NOT, IT IS MANDATORY…I WILL CONDUCT A POP QUIZ. I WILL ALSO PROBABLY SEND IT TO EVERY HUMAN I KNOW, WITH THE SAME INSTRUCTIONS.

With an endorsement like that, we thought you might want to see it yourself. When visiting TED.com, where the video resides, we found a great bio on Sir Ken which we repost below for those who would like to learn more about him.

Ken Robinson: Author/educator

Creativity expert Sir 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.

Why you should listen to him:

Why don’t we get the best out of people? 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. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009, followed by Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative in 2011.

Visit Ken’s page at TED.com, where the above bio is found, to find a set of links to more talks about arts & culture.

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