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Murdering Originality

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity. “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy,” he insists “and we should treat it with the same status." In fact, he declares that if you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never do anything creative. Come to think of it, what have you done wrong today?

Child Abuse

Sir Ken says it’s systemic. Because we run national education systems that stigmatize students from being wrong, he believes that we are beating the creativity out of our children. Could the human race be so emphatically nihilistic?

Asexual Reproduction

Ken says that he likes university professors “but we shouldn’t hold up them up as the high-water mark of human achievement. They’re just another form of life.” In fact he says that they are a very particular form of life: one that lives in their heads. Professors, in his opinion are “disembodied,” So now that it’s summer do you prefer a ghost town on your campus to The Night of the Living Dead?

Doing What You Don’t Want

According to Sir Ken, the purpose of education is to train people to do things that nobody really wants to do. I guess that’s why they call it work. In that case, it’s a good thing that I am not being paid to write this blog. Come to think of it, you’re not being paid to read it either. So why are you reading it?

“She’s Given Pleasure to Millions”

Not only are we deflowering the planet, but in the western world, according to Ken, it seems that public education systems are designed to strip-mine individuals. And when we can’t get what we need near the surface, we take out mineral rights on intellectual property. So how’s the commoditization of human potential going in your neck of the woods? And did you get to the part in the video about the woman?

Your Worthless Degree

Kids are coming home to play video games after college, now that bachelor’s degrees won’t get them jobs worth having. Robinson says that we must re-think the fundamental premise of the education we offer our children. But is it possible that those video game playing college grads are just doing the same thing they did for the last four years?

We Can’t Keep Going On This Way

UNESCO projects that more people will graduate from higher education in the next thirty years than have done so since the beginning of history. I suppose after that, it will be parrots, octopus and dogs. Heavens, think of the tuition!

But Wait a Minute

The thing that gets me is this: at very beginning of his eighteen minutes of TED fame, Sir Ken Robinson professes to be blown away by the amount of creativity among the presenters. But is it logical to recognize the abundance of creativity all around you and go on to say that schools kill creativity? Didn’t those people go to school?

Post Script: the Blogback

According to TED, “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.Yet in the YouTube blog to this video, one respondent wrote:

"Words are easy…figuring the best way to educate is

much harder than talking about it."

Another wrote:

"I want to give this man a hug. This made me cry,

and it is an inspiration."

Still another stated:

"he must have eaten lot of horse salami, lately ..

his laughter sounds like neigh ... btw , not all

children are special & creative ,, there are lots of

dumbxxxs among them , like any age group.”

Now it’s your turn. What do you think about all this?