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Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Mind Map: Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools
Kill Creativity?
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Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

"In the next 30 years more people worldwide will be graduating through education since the beginning of history"

Suddenly, degrees aren't worth anything anymore

Academic inflation

Structure of education is shifting

Need to radically rethink our view of intelligence

Mistakes are stigmatized

In adulthood

Adults are scared of being wrong

in national education systems

we're educating people out of their creative capacities


Everybody has an interest in education

It's what shapes our future

All children have talent and we squander them

Creativity is as important in education as literacy

Drawing lesson anecdote

little girl is drawing picture of God

teacher: "But, nobody knows what God looks like"

little girl: "They will in a minute"

Kids aren't frightened of being wrong

Even if they don't know, they'll still have a go

Being wrong isn't the same thing as being creative

But if you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -Pablo Picasso

We don't grow into creativity, we grow out of it

Hierarchy in education systems is everywhere the same

Mathematics & Languages



Art & Music

Drama & Dance

Predicated on the idea of academic ability

Education systems came into being in the 19th century

To meet the needs of industrialism


Most useful subjects for work are at the top

Prepare for entrance in university


Is diverse






Is dynamic


Is distinct


The process of having original ideas that have value

Often comes about through the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things

Our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology

One in which we start to reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity

Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we have strip mined the earth for a particular commodity

We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children