Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Some of you may have seen this. 2 million people have already watched this, so there is a good chance that you have. But it is truly brilliant and inspirational.

Firstly because Sir Ken is very funny in the speech.

And secondly, he talks so passionately about creativity in children and how we have spent years as a nation getting them to conform, rather than getting them to explore – a subject that is very close to my own heart.

If our schools took some notice of this, they would be far better places for kids to grow and develop.

I know it’s 20 minutes long, but bear with it and you will be royally rewarded. And so will your kids, because you will look at them differently and allow them to try things for the sake of it.

My kids are both at Rushcliffe School and they seem to be exercising a lot of his ideas. Concentrating on the individual in a way that seems to go far beyond the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda being set by successive Governments.

3 thoughts on “Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

  1. Not for nothing was the ECM policy characterised in some quarters as ‘Every Cliche Matters’. I don’t know about you, John, but I don’t see how creativity can ever be governed by a single set of rules. Indeed, my first creative reaction is that I’d want to break them.

    1. Agree 100%. For me there have to be guides, not rules.

      I am staggered by how little the young people today get away with. Some of the stuff we did when we were kids would have been front page news today, but because we had guidelines within which to work rather than out and out rules, we could explore more and probably have more fun in the meantime.

      Most of us turned out okay anyway, but I probably would have been tagged or ASBO’d in this era.

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