Creativity and Education by Ken Robinson
Dec 1, 2010 Career Development 2073 Views
You have read a lot of articles on different blogs giving your tips and tricks to make it ahead in a job or break into a field that has always fascinated you. It is often happened that one desire to go back to school to have some better education or if you are still a student, then pursue a degree that will best suits to your interest such economy, business management etc. the world is changing all the time and in this ever changing world, our degrees are becoming more and more worthless. I didn't use this word in harsh sense as we all know that what we learn is something of which many people never heard of. In coming years our degrees will certainly lose their value as more and more people will go to school because the advent of technology has given rise to the number of people capable of going to school, says Ken Robinson at a TED conference. He further adds that it is the time when we have to reconsider the way we want to educate our children.
Ken Robinson delivers a presentation highlighting all the fallacies within our current educational system in a very comical way. He states that I guarantee that at some point in life your creative spirit was hindered by an adult who told you that what you are doing is not something you should pursue as it will not help you getting a job while playing music or painting pictures. No matter how limited the jobs are; creativity is something, which is just not confined to pictures and instruments. What people usually do is they stifled the creativity in child from a very young age and makes them realize that their creative ideas about the world no longer matter. There is no doubt that studying the language or numbers is essential but it is your creativity that brings something new into the concept.
Ken Robinson in his presentation put stress on the fact that the world is changing faster than ever before which one has to realize. We have to keep pace with the changing world, if we want to achieve success. He explains that the curriculum in schools is being taught the same way as it was fifty years ago. There is a need to bring a radical change in educational system. His focus is on the children creativity powers. He again and again mentions this fact that the children these days should be encouraged to create, invent, and explore creative possibilities. By this he never means that one should drop everything and put all of our children through art school. The thing upsetting him is the precedence of mathematics and language over the arts.
He suggests that instead of taking arts and music as an extracurricular activities, these should be on the same level as the other core subjects. Bringing creativity to the forefront will aid to our creative spirit, giving us the tools to pursue new ideas.