We were recently directed to this Ted.com video, Do schools today kill creativity?. Ken Robinson raised some excellent points:
- our existing educational system imposes a hierarchy of intellectual skills that undervalues intellectual diversity (e.g. do we all want to be University professors?)
- the dominant ethos of public school education is that "school is for work" - as a result, many classes are eliminated and our current student population are more narrowly educated ("You don't want to be an artist, don't do art; You don't want to be a musician, don't do music.")
- our schools are telling kids "they're not good at things" (our addition: and not telling them what they're good at)
- we need to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating children
- we need to develop a broader vision to develop students' creative capacities
We haven't had a chance to thorough search through the TED: Ideas worth spreading site, but it looks interesting..."inspired talks by the world's greatest thinkers and doers", free downloadable videos from their meetings in California.
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