Taking a quick break today from our Boundary Breaking God sneak peeks because I just love this video and feel like sharing it. Sir Ken Robinson speaks in this TED video about the role of creativity in education, and I think he’s right on. He’s also written a number of books that I’m slowly making my way through.
Robinson’s central point is that our education system teaches children to “live in their heads, and slightly to one side.” He talks about the idea of a human ecology, where we “reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capacity. Our education system has mined our minds in the way that we’ve strip-mined the earth for a particular commodity. And for the future, it won’t service. We have to rethink the fundamental principles by which we educate our children.”
What kind of education do we need to prepare children for a future where we need highly creative solutions to our biggest problems? What can we do to prevent our children’s (and our own) creativity from being dismissed, squashed or overlooked?