Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ken Robinson on Education

Ken Robinson believes that educational systems need a different view of human talent and ability, and of the real conditions in which people flourish. He believes that intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct and that many brilliant people who he has met did not do well in school because public education is not designed to develop everyone’s talents. In the TED talk posted below Robinson quotes Picasso who believed that “all children are born artists…the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” Robinson believes that educational systems are stigmatizing mistakes and as a result, we are educating people out of their creative capacities since people are not prepared to make mistakes. The idea that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow (or are educated) out of it struck with me since I’ve noticed a lot of articles on how childhood fun and play informs adult design practices. Structures like the “Official Playground” that provide a space for work and play help to facilitate creative thinking in adults who are accustomed to typical adult working environments. Doesn’t it make you wonder why we sit at desks all day long?

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