Friday, May 18, 2007

Do schools today kill creativity?

This video is about 20 minutes long. Any one with children or any interested in education, creativity, or the human mind in general should watch this video. Robinson is profound, yet the video at times views like a good stand-up routine. Highly, highly recommended.

"Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize -- much less cultivate -- the talents of many brilliant people. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says."

I laughed through most of the video until Robinson told the story of the choreographer. Then I cried for the rest. He was decsribing my son at that age. The one I put on Adderall and medicated instead of taking him to a dance class. That's the son who doesn't know what to do with his life and, although he has a high IQ, can't "do" academics.

One of Robinson's books:
Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

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