Learning to Unlearn|Jul 17, 2012 7:00 AM| by:

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

How many of us wonder when we are well into our lives whether we made the right choices? Did we compromise with our passions and natural-born aptitudes? Have we squandered or suppressed our talent? Were we wrong to push some things in the background over others? Were others fair in making such decisions for us?

The world is changing every moment, way faster than it did in decades past. And while one current takes us away from ourselves, a cross-current tries to bring us back – the push and pull of trends, of pressures from society, of expectations and inclinations, of us versus us – it’s nerve wracking but also very essential for it is obvious that we need to re-establish ourselves every moment as the world changes.

Sir Ken Robinson is one of the most prolific speakers on the need for creativity and innovation in our Education system worldwide. He makes a powerful argument against the existing establishment which kills creativity out of a child: “We are educating people out of their creativity… we don’t grow into creativity, we get educated out of it.” His talks at the TED conference are legendary and underneath his wonderful sense of humour there is a very important point being made: “If you aren’t prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original.”