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Monday, February 16, 2009

How schools kill creativity

As I am presently between work at the moment I have had the opportunity to catch up on some of my podcasts from TEDTalks. One of my favorites is this TED video of Sir Ken Robinson. It is very provocative, insightful and funny.

Certainly one of the areas that I am particularly interested in is the place of creativity within teaching to stimulate and promote innovation to transform schooling and learning. I often wonder to what extent schools kill the creativity and passion of teachers.


Dr. Linda Carlson said...

As a British mother of 3 sons who are at present in the US education system, there are many insidious factors that contribute to the dire failure of the education system, for many. Some of the people reading this list of comments might be interested in a unique education reform book that a colleague and I have compiled - Education:The Emperor's New Clothes, by Carlson & Felix, 2008. This book does not pander to political correctness or jargon, and is an easy read with many original cartoons and famous quotes. It is a verbal documentary from teachers, parents and concerned individuals world-wide. Here is the publisher’s link, for more information -

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Anonymous said...

Andrew, I also watched Sir Ken and wrote about him at - a forum for developing the future format of public education. There you will also find a quote from (and a link to) a podcast of an interview with Sir Ken that sheds even more light on the future he sees.

Let me know if you find a way to connect with Sir Ken, I would like to hear what he has to say about as well.

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