Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
In the speech for the TED conference, Sir Ken Robinson claims that education systems worldwide are in desperate need for a change and for a reformation of the current creativity related issues There are two main themes in the talk. First, we're all born with deep natural capacities for creativity and systems of mass education tend to suppress them. In other words, children are born with huge talents, wasted by the contemporary education system. While children are not afraid of being wrong, school and the education system in general eliminates this attitude. According to Robinson, kids aren’t frightened about being wrong. Being wrong doesn’t mean being creative – but if you aren’t afraid of being wrong, you can’t be creative. Robinson thinks that this, making mistakes, is the only way to develop new ideas, getting on in life means not making mistakes. People, especially children, should have more space to be wrong, accordingly to possibilities of creating something new.
Second, there was no education system prior to the 19th century – it was created to meet the needs of Industrialism. And current education system has not changed from the 19th century, and since back then it is still focused on providing the requirements for a job in the industry and academic ability.
Also, Robinson points out that the hierarchy of subjects around the world is the same: first comes math and languages, followed by humanities and concluded by the arts, especially music and art, after that drama and dance. In Robinson’s opinion this is the right order of priorities for a scientific career, but not for people of the future which have to solute the world problems in a more creative way. Talented people do not get the sense of achievement, because things they are good at are not valued at school; hence, their high creative potentials are wasted. Moreover, Sir Ken Robinson mentions an “academic inflation” around the world, since conditions for job entrance referring to one’s academic degree are raised. Intelligence is diversely based on visual, tonal, kinesthetically, dynamic and abstract influences as a result it is the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things. That is why the whole body has to be educated to use the whole spectrum of human capacity. Hence, fundamental principles of the education system have to be changed in order to send the next generation into a better future