We’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. We’ve been taught when we were kids to be part of the system governing our society- uniformed, respectful of authority, scared of making mistakes. If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. Kids aren’t afraid to make mistakes. If they don’t know, they’ll take a chance. But by the time they become adults most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong.
We are probably running our business this way or working in companies that do it this way. We’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.
“Picasso once said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. I believe passionately that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. We are educated out of it.” K. Robinson.
Eight years ago, Ken Robinson – an expert on creativity and education – made a TED speech that revolutionized the topic of education. It caused many parents to pull their kids out of school, it was a matter of hot debate among experts, and it has been watched on the TED website over 31 million times to date (not including over 7 million more times on YouTube). Many of you may be familiar with this lecture, but for those who aren’t.
I highly recommend for you watch it and comment or share if you agree we need a paradigm shift in the education system. It might be too late for us but not too late for the next generations…