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Do   schools kill creativity

There have been three themes which are relevant to what I want to talk about. one is the extra ordinary evidence of human creativity. just the variety of it and the range of it.
The second is that it has put up in a place where we have no idea what’s going to happen ,in terms of the future

I have an interest in education actually,what I find is everybody has an interest in education .but if   you   ask anyone about there education, they pin you to the wall. Because it’s one of those things that goes deep with people, like religion and money. We have huge vested interest in education, partly because it’s education that’s going to take us into this future that we can’t grasp. if you think of it. children starting school this year will retire in 2065.nobody has a clue what the world will look like in five year’s time. and yet we’re meant to be educating them for it. so the unpredictability, I think, is extraordinary.

And the third part is that all of us are aware of, the extraordinary cpacities that children have,all kids have tremendous talents. And we waste them pretty ruthlessly. So I want to talk about education and about creativity. My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with same status.

Kids will take a chance, if they don’t know, they’ll have a go. They’re not frightened of being wrong. Now I don’t mean that being wrong is the same thing as being creative. What we do know, if you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original. And by the time they get to be adults, they become frightened of being wrong. and we’re now running education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.   And the result is that we’re educating people out of their creative capacities.   picasso once said ,that all kids 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,...


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