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Schools are Killing Creativity | Ken Robinson

Author Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems. "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."

Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."
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No kidding! Remember, schools

No kidding!

Remember, schools as of today are almost all either public, or heavily regulated. Meaning some government has an outsized say in how and what they end up teaching.

Also, creativity is a good thing.

Hence, schools killing creativity, is simply yet another special case of government involvement killing all good things. Absolutely without exception.


I think this guy is a hard core communist imo.


i teach

and i believe we need to end public education.

if education is privatized there will be no state mandated curriculum and therefore no state sponsored propaganda.

there can be a great emphasis on trade skills, career paths, apprenticeships, and workplace learning

schools will be free to use a broad array of methods, and by shopping around each student can find the program best fit for their personality, needs and learning styles.

lastly, the government will no longer need to tax $600 billion dollars each year to support it's public school system and this will lead to increased investment, savings and consumption by tax payers. The questions then is....

what about all the poor who will not get a public education? i taught in detroit - theyre not getting one now. it is a racket. i'm positive they can get a better education for a fraction of the current price ($10,000 per student a year).

Another one!

It's nice to meet another teacher with similar views. I look at the problems my school is facing with behavior, etc. and I come to very similar conclusions. I have a difficult time explaining to my colleagues that the system they love so much is so inherently self-defeating.

Alternate View of Education

This is why homeschooling is so much better. There is no bondage or limits. I was teaching my 1st grader the same math as my 4th grader which is the equivalent of 5th grade public math.

Public schools should base classes on achievement rather than age. The current grouping penalizes all students. There is no way to advance ahead of the troublemakers. Original church schools taught by subject, not age. Watch Little House on the Prairie.

Getting any public school to rethink how, why or what it is doing is challenging. All many care about is fund raising and test scores. Many are locked in tiny boxes of outdated beliefs.

so glad this was front paged, finally

i posted this a few months ago, and somebody pointed out to me that it had already been posted so therefore i was breaking dp policy.

well... anyway, glad now it is getting attention it deserves.


Sorry to hear that...I searched...

...for it and couldn't find it on the DP before I posted it. Jon's response, below, is hilarious.

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*shifts eyes, tip toes away*

Actually I loved this video when I first saw it too. Turned me on to TED talks.

"You underestimate the character of man." | "So be off now, and set about it." | Up for a game?

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Ive watched a few

of RSA's animated videos of this style, and i really enjoy the way they put them together. im always more fascinated by the art than the message itself. I do like this one though.

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one must expect the diseases it spreads."
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Thanks for sharing... I very

Thanks for sharing... I very much enjoyed that.


First of all, Ken Robinson is SIR Ken Robinson. He works for the ruling elite. He starts his presentation by posing the question of how children could take their places in the global economy? In other words, how children COULD BE CONTROLLED!!!!

The NWO is failing and before they lose us completely, they have to remake the schools--but it's still in their vision.

They're moving education into work force training for a limited scope of jobs for a deindustrialized economy -- a PLANNEDOPOLIS GULAG.

Preview the trailer of Charlotte Iserbyt: The Miseducation of America - April 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZxM34BQxQ4


Hear, Hear!

'Getting Your Children Ready for Fascism'

Wake Up, People!
It's not an accident.

Point taken, but let's not bury our heads...

I have to admit I was kind of watching the clock for the first person to jump on the "SIR!!!!" Regardless of Ken's ultimate endgame, this is, without a doubt, a brilliant presentation of a rather abstract idea--something that we, in the Liberty community, can learn from both for its content and its clever aesthetic.

I was introduced to the absurdity of age segregation years ago by a preacher who lectured about home schooling...there are loads of things in these videos that will be enriching to anyone with a brain. And I don't think this video is going to bring anyone to the Dark Side.

Check out http://iroots.org/
"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

Truth Mixed with Propaganda is the Dark Side

Common sense is brilliant and needs to be left alone. Mixing common sense with Agenda 21 propaganda is what displaced our individuality. This is the dark side in all its mediocrity.


Let's take note of the style of the top video too...

I think the style would make for a terrific web ad for Dr. Paul's campaign. Imagine the humor of drawing the other candidates...Mitt complete with flip-flops!

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"If you’re into political activism, at least for Ron Paul if not for anyone else, I strongly recommend spending some time with iroots.org." - Tom Woods

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there is one Marxist video in the RSA

series; I was thinking how wonderfully Tom Woods - or Alan Kors -- could do a far better one with a good animator.

A brilliant exposition! Thank

A brilliant exposition! Thank you!


"Curiosity has no important place in my work, only conformity." - John Taylor Gatto

Great stuff.

A three timer for sure

Thanks radiofriendly

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education in america was different than he is describing

at least during the industrial revolution. If you have time see. http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/underground/toc1.htm

Simplified, yes...

...but he's not that much in contradiction with Gatto. Gatto just does a much more thorough job of explaining things. As a public school teacher myself, I think this kind of approach is probably a lot easier pill to swallow than the full story of government/corporate interloping. So, although it does not fully educate anyone on the history of factory education, it might get some people to start looking in the direction of people like Gatto.

On the subject of the insidious globalization, I don't know anything about Sir Ken beyond this, so I can't really speak to his agenda. However, I think it's an interesting comment about creating more independent thinking. It would be ironic if that generation of free thinkers sparked the type of revolution that many of us are truly looking for.


I'm studying to be a teacher one day, and Gatto is top notch.