How Schools Kill Creativity

988669_10152882434160652_1893030052_nWelcome to another Tuesday with TED. Today we are watching creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson, who champions a radical rethink of our schools to cultivate creativity. Why don’t we get the best out of people? Robinson argues that it’s because we educate them to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers.

Robinson led the British government’s 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 for his achievements in 2003. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His latest book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published in May 2013.

Do yourself a favor and watch this funny and inspiring talk.

Did this change how you viewed the role of creativity in education? How willing are you to make mistakes? Were you told as a child to be practical and avoid more creative pursuits? I know I was. How might you twist this thinking on its head?

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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