Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Breaking My Habit, Day+15: Does School Kill Creativity?


A quick update on my personal life: I've resigned from my position in KalGen, had a week break of any activity, then started my 6-week English preparation class in IALF, Kuningan. It's part of the Australian Development Scholarship scheme that I'm participating in, and this is the second week of my study there. So far it's been great experience, I think I'll write about it next time. 

So, back to the top, where does the quote came from?
It belongs to Sir Ken Robinson, an British prominent figure in education. Below is his TED talk video back in 2006. It's about 20 minutes, but it will definitely worth your time!



In the video, Ken Robinson argues about the importance of creativity, how our school system is killing it, and why it is important to change this.

Some other highlights from his talk:
- We stigmatize 'being wrong' to such extent that it hinders our creativity, especially when we become adult. 

- There are many sides to intelligence, but sadly the school system only recognizes one type and downplays the rest.

- At its current state, the 'real' output of our education system is college professors. There is nothing wrong with college professors, only that we mustn't forget that there are many other equally important jobs out there, the kind which had been neglected by our system.

He tells a bunch of good stories along the way, just watch it yourself!

"If a man speaks his mind in the forest and no woman hears him, is he still wrong?" Sir Ken Robinson