Creativity and Education – What Ken Robinson Taught Me

by Shenron on September 10, 2009

At some point or another you’ve probably read here on our blog a few tips and tricks to make it ahead in a job or break into a field that has always interested you. Most of the time we talk about going back to school to get a better education or if you’re still in school, pursue a degree that will help you better understand your field. But in this ever changing world, our degrees are becoming more and more worthless. I use the term worthless very lightly because of course what you’re learning is something that many people across the globe will never get to hear. But nonetheless, as more people go to school in the coming years, more and more people will be coming out with degrees. And as Ken Robinson explains at a TED conference, because the advent of technology has given rise to the number of people capable of going to school, the degrees we’re earning are no longer worth as much. Therefore, we have to rethink the way we educate our children.

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In an almost comedic fashion, Ken Robinson delivers a presentation that highlights all of the fallacies within our current education system. I can guarantee that at some point in time your creative spirit was hindered by an adult who told you that what you were doing is not something you should pursue because it’s impossible to get a job playing music or painting pictures. And while jobs may be limited in the arts field, the creativity that is necessary to produce art is not something that should stay limited to pictures and instruments. Creativity is something that is stifled from a very young age and as children grow up, they’re led to believe that their creative ideas about the world no longer matter. Studying numbers and the language is very important but without a creative spark, nothing new can happen.

Taught Me Creativity and Education   What Ken Robinson Taught Me

The world is changing faster than ever before and Ken Robinson makes sure everyone understands that. In schools though, the same curriculum is being taught the same way it was 50 years ago. Children are still just as creative and while he is in no way implying that we drop everything and put all of our children through art school, the fact that mathematics and language take precedence over the arts is upsetting. Children these days should be encouraged to create, invent, and explore creative possibilities while still implementing the fundamental tools they learn in school. Instead of art or music being an extracurricular activity, it should be on the same level as the other core subjects. If we push to bring creativity to the forefront of educations in the 21st century, degrees will no longer be proof of what we’ve accomplished; they will become aids to our creative spirit, giving us the tools to pursue new ideas. But if our new ideas are never given a chance to flourish, in the next few years there will be too many people with too many degrees doing a whole lot of nothing.

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