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Sir Robinson…Creativity and Education February 11, 2009

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I know that I am a little bit behind in my Tech Tasks, but I am going to do my best to catch up this week…hopefully by Wednesday.

Tech Task #8 dealt with the Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) conference, specifically the talk given by Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Education.

Sir Robinson is extremely humorous throughout his keynote address and if you have the chance you should watch this video, entertaining and educating at the same time!

In this address he discusses how schools are squashing the creativity that all children are born with, creativity is as important as literacy and it should be treated with the same status. Instead in many schools it is treated as a negative to have your own thoughts, beliefs or ways of doing things. At a young age school children are robbed of their creativity as there is pressure to have the ‘right’ answers, meaning the answers your teachers want you to give them, rather than having your own ideas or answers. Robinson’s statement that if you are not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original, is fantastic and so true, he also says that by the time we have become adults we have fallen prey to this principle. I  can say that I have experience with this as even in university classes marks are assigned based on how well you can repeat the philosophies or ideas that they have shared in class.

This is evident not only in the socialization that takes place in schools but also when examining the hierarchy that exists in every education system, as Sir Robinson states, where core subject areas are at the top looking down at the arts at the bottom.

The idea that we educate students from the waist up and then focus on the head and intelligence rather  than focusing on the whole person also struck me as a great quote.

In closing, the idea that we have mined our minds the way that coal miners have stripped the earth, means that we need to rethink what the fundamental purpose of education is. What are we trying to prepare students for, in many cases for jobs that do not exist, to solve problems that do not exist, to find solutions to these problems that do not exist. Doesn’t this sound like we need to worry about whether our young people are robbed of their creativity, if they do not have the ability to think creativily how will they be able to meet their needs in the future, when they don’t even know what these needs will be.

Mined our minds the way that coal miners have strip mined the earth – rethink what the fundamental purpose of education is