Creativity and Redesigning our Education Systems: Soundbites from Ken Robinson’s TED talk

Quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about how schools kill creativity

– one of the most watched TED talks.

“Creativity is as important to Education as literacy.”
“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.”

“We stigmatize mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.”

“The result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.”

“Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”

“I believe this passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out if it.”

“If you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. Suddenly, degrees aren’t worth anything. It’s a process of academic inflation”

“And the consequence is that many highly-talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not, because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized.”

“We need to radically rethink our view of intelligence.”

“In fact, creativity — which I define as the process of having original ideas that have value — more often than not comes about through the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things.”

“I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity.”

“Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we strip-mine the earth: for a particular commodity. And for the future, it won’t serve us.”

“We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we’re educating our children.

“And our task is to educate their whole being, so they can face this future. By the way — we may not see this future, but they will. And our job is to help them make something of it.”


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