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Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Do schools kill creativity?
An inspiring presentation by Ken Robinson provoking us to change the way we educate our children. Children need to be motivated to discover their strengths and weaknesses and should not be afraid to make mistakes. We have all been led to believe that holding a diploma of some sort makes you an intelligent person, but what about all the students prevailing in other subjects? Is their intelligence inferior?
Some interesting quotes from the presentation:
"Many talented, creative, brilliant people think they're not!"
"Our body is used as a means of carrying our head"
"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."
Ken Robinson gives us some food for thought. All over the world education systems have the same hierarchy, math, science and language are of a higher status. I'm sure we've all caught ourselves (myself included) at some point or another, saying that music and art are not so important and that our children should focus on the "important" subjects. "You'll never have job security as a dancer so go to your room and study for your science test!" Some try a more subtle approach, "Acting is a great hobby, but it doesn't pay the bills."
Greece is a typical example of the endless chase for diplomas and certificates. Children are pressured from a very young age not to develop their talents but to acquire as many qualifications as possible and of course gain entrance to a higher education. It's time we saw students for what they really are -students , not walking memories waiting to be stuffed with unimportant facts.
*Στο video υπάρχουν και ελληνικοί υπότιτλοι. (View subtitles-> Greek)