Friday, April 3, 2009

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Source TED Talks

Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

In the Library:

Flower, J. A. (2003). Downstairs, upstairs: The changed spirit and face of college life in America. Ohio history and culture. Akron, Ohio: University of Akron Press.

Stevens, M. L. (2007). Creating a class: College admissions and the education of elites. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Dressel, P. L., & Faricy, W. H. (1972). Return to responsibility. The Jossey-Bass series in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fisher, R., & Williams, M. (2004). Unlocking creativity Teaching across the curriculum. London: David Fulton.

Drews, E. M. (1972). Learning together; how to foster creativity, self-fulfillment, and social awareness in today's students and teachers. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

McVickar, P. (1972). Imagination: key to human potential. Washington: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Guilford, J. P. (1968). Intelligence, creativity, and their educational implications. San Diego, Calif: R.R. Knapp.

De Bono, E. (1968). New think; The use of lateral thinking in the generation of new ideas. New York: Basic Books.

Gowan, J. C., Demos, G. D., & Torrance, E. P. (1967). Creativity: its educational implications. New York: Wiley.

Massialas, B. G., & Zevin, J. (1967). Creative encounters in the classroom; Teaching and learning through discovery. New York: Wiley.

Smith, J. A. (1967). Creative teaching of the creative arts in the elementary school. Allyn and Bacon series in creative teaching. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Gelb, M. (1998). How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven steps to genius every day. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press.

Root-Bernstein, R. S., & Root-Bernstein, M. (1999). Sparks of genius: The thirteen thinking tools of the world's most creative people. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin.

On the Web:
  • Sir Ken Robinson's official website