Week 2 – Education and Creativity

Today’s TED Talks

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Sir_Ken_Robinson-_Do_schools_kill_creativity___TED_Talk__-_YouTubeSir Robinson expresses his views on the creative potential of our youth and how the current education system doesn’t nurture that but rather suppresses it with the same type educational stiffness designed for producing the workers for the industrial revolution. School causes kids to grow out of creativity. In this talk, he champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Sir_Ken_Robinson__Bring_on_the_learning_revolution__-_YouTubeIn this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.


Discussion

Terry Ley, one of OLLI’s Writing Our Lives leaders, will lead the discussion of the topic and TED Talks.

Questions to Guide Viewing of Robinson’s Two TEDs

1. How does Robinson seem to define creativity?  Does his definition match yours?

2. What does he mean by “human ecology”?  How does Robinson think it can be achieved?  Do you agree?

3. Does Robinson think that schools kill creativity?  If so, what should our response be?  Does Robinson seem to be describing schools with which you are familiar?

4. Were you passionate about your career?  Might you have been happier following a different path?


More…

Sir Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death valley

Ken_Robinson__How_to_escape_education_s_death_valley_-_YouTubeSir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

Sir Ken Robinson’s Blog – How to Change Education from the Ground Up
                                         Posted on August 16, 2013

“If we are to have a revolution in education, it probably won’t come from the top down but from the bottom up. So what will it really involve?”

Sir Ken Robinson –  Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

“Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves,” said Robinson, who calls creativity as important as literacy.

Sir Ken Robinson: 10 Talks on Education

TED Talks Education

As a country, how can we better inspire our students — and support our educators? To explore ideas, TED, WNET, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting have teamed up for a brand-new one-hour special, funded by CPB’s “American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen.” TED Talks Education is an exhilarating night of talks hosted by John Legend.

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