“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” ~ Sir Ken Robinson
How Schools Squash Creativity
We can all agree that education is very important for each and every one of us. But what happens when you realize that the school systems nowadays teach children more about becoming good workers and very little about becoming creative thinkers?
“Ideally, what should be said to every child, repeatedly, throughout his or her school life is something like this: ‘You are in the process of being indoctrinated. We have not yet evolved a system of education that is not a system of indoctrination. We are sorry, but it is the best we can do. What you are being taught here is an amalgam of current prejudice and the choices of this particular culture. The slightest look at history will show how impermanent these must be.
You are being taught by people who have been able to accommodate themselves to a regime of thought laid down by their predecessors. It is a self-perpetuating system. Those of you who are more robust and individual than others will be encouraged to leave and find ways of educating yourself — educating your own judgements. Those that stay must remember, always, and all the time, that they are being moulded and patterned to fit into the narrow and particular needs of this particular society.”~ Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook
Watch this inspiring TED Talk to learn from Sir Ken Robinson how schools actually undermine creativity more than encourage it. He challenges each and every one of us to take a closer look at children’s education and see it in a new light by simply cultivating creativity and agree with the idea of multiple intelligence types.
Sir Ken Robinson Speaks on Education: How Schools Squash Creativity
P.S: I just love how Sir Ken Robinson highlights this idea with such simple words:” 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.”