Do schools kill creativity?

I saw this video and enjoyed it. I also think that Ken Robinson makes some very good points. I am interested in what YOU think about the video. Agree? Disagree? Why?

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize — much less cultivate — the talents of many brilliant people. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says.

(This video originated from here: Do schools kill creativity?)

Note: Whatever you do, please do not think I am anti-public schools or anti-education. I just want to see my children get an even better education than I did in a way that works best for them as individuals.

2 thoughts on “Do schools kill creativity?”

  1. I hate to admit it, but one thing I have found as a busy work-at-home-mom, is that the worse I am about running the day-to-day details for my kids, the more I just oversee what they’re doing and otherwise let them do their thing, the more creative and responsible they become. They run into problems they know I’m not going to step in and solve for them, so they come up with their own solutions.

    I’m not saying neglect is the answer 😀 But for example, I’d love to see a teacher say to the class, “Your mission is to learn to spell these words” and then lead a brainstorm, and allow the kids to choose from a few ideas and try them out (such as laying on their backs and spelling the words with their feet in the air). And then for a math project, have the kids try to figure out ways to gauge their idea’s success.

  2. I believe in kids doing a bit of their own learning. They still need structure, of course, but the satisfaction of figuring something out is wonderful thing.

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