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, and it’s one our favorites.
The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.” It’s an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.