Six years ago Sir Ken Robinson did a famous TED talk on ‘Do schools kill creativity?’, an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures rather than undermines creativity. It made me laugh out loud, think about my three year old daughter playing, imagining, trying and my wife and I’s responsibility for her creative development, for her future education. At the end of his talk I welled up. Why? Because Robinson closed his argument with a moving story about a world famous choreographer he knows. Someone whose successful future came down to a doctor’s opinion and her mothers attitude. Creativity is the most important part of our lives and Robinson is a brilliant speaker who is able to move everybody who listens to him. As Picasso once said:
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
And to paraphrase Robinson, ‘We are born creative and educated out of it as we grow up’.
Watch it. Please. If you want to see more talks by Ken Robinson then why not check out this previous post. It’s an animate he did called ‘Changing The Culture Of Education’.
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