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  • 05Jul

    The following are quotes from Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk. These many statements call out for a new type of education, which I believe is satisfied by freedom-based education.

    “I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested interest in it, partly because it’s education that’s meant to take us into this future that we can’t grasp. If you think of it, children starting school this year will be retiring in 2065. Nobody has a clue… what the world will look like in five years time. And yet we’re meant to be educating them for it.”

    “And my contention is all kids have tremendous talents and we squander them pretty ruthlessly…. My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”

    “What we do know is, if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original if you’re not prepared to be wrong. And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong. And we run our companies like this, by the way. We stigmatize mistakes.”

    “And the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities. Picasso once said this, he said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. I believe this passionately, that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it.”

    “So, you were probably steered benignly away from things at school when you were a kid… from things you liked, on the grounds that you would never get a job doing that. Is that right? ‘Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician; don’t do art, you won’t be an artist.’ Benign advice; now, profoundly mistaken.”

    “And the consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not… because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued or was actually stigmatized. And I think we can’t afford to go on that way.”

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