When I think of education these days I am reminded of Roger Waters prophetic lyrics from Pink Floyd’s album The Wall ….“All in all you’re just another brick in the wall.” According to Sir Ken Robinson author of the book “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative”, we don’t get the best out of people, because we have all been trained to be 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.
As a child you were probably steered away at school from doing things that you liked on the grounds that you would never get a job doing it. You were told to spend less time on your baseball swing and more time on your history. You were encouraged to put away your paints or stop dancing or play acting, because actors, dancers and artists generally don’t have real, stable money-making careers. As a result, many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not – because the thing that they were good at at school just wasn’t valued.
“It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realize our true creative potential—in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities—we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative.”
The following is Sir Ken Robinson’s amusing and informative 2006 TED talk. Enjoy!
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