Monday, January 16, 2012

Schools are Killing Our Creativity

This inspiring and very funny talk by Ken Robinson outlines the importance and necessity of creativity, and how schools teach us NOT to be creative. One thing he doesn't mention here is that the hierarchy of subjects was established in universities even before the industrial revolution, as far back as the 15th century. The only difference was the diminshing influence of theology.

Having spent many years in the Canadian public school system, I can verify what Robinson says. School curriculum does not give equal status to art or aspiring artists, and many teachers, themselves successful products of such a system, do not have either the time, or in some cases, the will to allow for such "distractions." It goes without saying that if we think of creativity as something "extra", and mold teachers to reward conformity, we cannot be surprised when the culture loses its ability to think outside the box.