Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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Kia Amini
10/30/2017
Professor Calderin
“Do Schools Kill Creativity?” In this TED talk Sir Ken Robinson talks about a thought that many who have passed through the education system have thought but never seemed to say much about. After he introduces himself to everyone with some light jokes he starts with something on which we can all agree on, “everybody has an interest in education.” We all do whether we like it or not as a child we are made to go to school up until we reach college. Robinson knows that we all must have an interest because education is the seed that we plant to grow into a fruitful tree, as he says, “we have a huge vested interest in it, partly because its education that’s meant to take us into the future that we can’t grasp” and the fact is we really don’t know what the future holds for us so how can we teach children the same five subjects since the 19th century and expect a different outcome? Children are always with playful attitudes and Robinson acknowledges that they have “extraordinary capacities for innovation” but, as the main focus of his
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Robinson takes a quote from Pablo Picasso when he says, “all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” It is hard to be someone who doesn’t fit into the academic guidelines of the education system and therefore many people who feel a passion for anything beyond the creativity of the Pythagorean theorem. Being creative is necessary for many of us and the school system rarely acknowledges this leaving us to oppress those talents of artist that we are born with. Robinson points out something that is true and should be worrisome but no one has ever paid mind to it- “every education system on Earth has the same hierarchy of subjects.” In an almost world-wide militarized formation we are taught the same formulas, grammatical styles, and biological cycles that every single person is

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