#040 DFQ – Special treat

Sir Ken Robinson, is the world famous expert on Creativity.

Today’s nudge is a special treat …

Stop everything, sit back, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy one of the world’s best speakers who will entertain you, inspire you and make your day. This is one of my all-time personal favourites.

Here he talks to the TED audience about Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Your DFQ #040:

What is the most important thing you will take away from this lecture?

490 thoughts on “#040 DFQ – Special treat

  1. Creativity is necessary to survive.

    Creativity is not only how to make things looking nice, but how to make things in a different way.
    Nowadays, we really have to start thinking about making everything different… if we want to keep this place called planet alive…

  2. The huge importance of recognising, valuing and encouraging the breadth of talents and abilities that all children naturally have. As an educator myself this talk really chimed with me.

  3. That to be creative, you have to be prepared to be wrong. Ken is so right. We have created an educational system in which it isn’t safe to take creative risks.

  4. We should allow children to grow and continue to develop their inate talents versus conform to those imposed upon them by the Public Education Systems.

  5. I agree. Not only schools but our general behavior towards kids kills creativity. I however struggle with this aspect of parenting – should we just let infants / kids do what they want to do or should there be some regulation / limits? I guess there should some kind of a balance but how to find and practice that balance has been a continuous challenge!

    Now that we know all of this, how do we challenge this system of school and university education?

    Two more questions:

    1. Prof. Gleeson, I wanted to asked you about your own journey. How did you find your calling and how did this journey began for you?

    2. How do you do with my DFQ responses/ how are they used?

  6. By shifting from a narrow definition of intelligence and recognizing the range of different intelligences present across the population, we can provide opportunities for all individuals to explore their full creative potential. By harnessing this creative power, we have the potential to build a more more balanced, sustainable and fun world.

  7. Schools are failing each year. Schools do not teach how to think, just what to think. We must get governments and unions out of schools and get schools to be creative again.

  8. Help my children stay on the path of creativity and to stimulate creativity in myself. Listen to more music than I have been.
    I thought my grades where a measurement of my intelligence. Now I rethink the situation.

  9. Don’t inhibit creativity. I think that’s probably the reason why at some point in our life time we are not happy with our lives. Because we do not achieve what our inner being really wants to do. In my case I would really love to understand music in a more profound way. I want to understand how does one arrive to write one piece of wonderful music.

  10. That mistakes are a perfectly natural part of creativity and we should welcome them with open arms. In a way we need to return to how we did things as a child. As an adult trying to create I have been completely derailed through a fear of making mistakes. It seems so stupid now, but if that is part of your education over a number of years then it is difficult to overcome. Just start something, anything …..

  11. Once I watched a documentary about the middle ages, where the story of one of the character, literally, went something like this:
    “…He has just graduated from university with major
    “Witch hunting”. The problem was that he had no experience …”
    So when we learn something new, we should always keep in mind this story…and question everything!
    The word education can be translated as “imposing a reality on a person”. So be aware – without creativity, any reality can be imposed on us !!

  12. Mistake is what one learn from,when you learn from your mistake failure should be ignor.becouse men’s of wisdon said!faiure should not dismountal the flag of success but rether a frash of stimulus.

  13. Children are not taught to think in the school systems of the world. They are taught by answers and not by questions. They are taught to be like every one else and to conform. We need to let their imaginations run wild and let them grow into their essence.

  14. That myself and those around me are more than minds, and that movement and creativity should be part of every persons life.

  15. Excellent presentation, thaks for the gift!

    I find very important the idea of promoting a public education that develop the real skills of every student. education that promote competences more than only knowledge, to promote the use of learning, the intligence and creativity development en evry kid and student.

  16. I’ve followed many Sir Robinson’s lectures and he’s totally correct because your IQ and to some degree your education may be secondary to how creative you become.

    I know many intelligent well educated people who do not display a sense of humor or elements of creativity.

  17. Mistakes and errors are just part of the paving for the improvement of one’s path and the stimulation of the creative mind. Truly creative people have a different way of behaving and acting, and most of the times their unusual actions which empower their creative juices are dismissed as disruptive and “abnormal.”

  18. Interesting and funny dissertation. My main take home is regarding creativity. Creativity is far more important than simple knowledge. Even among people with a PHD, those whose are more creative will succeed, win, get rich, get famous and similar desired ootcomes. So is important to dedicate every day, a time to study and practice creativity. That is the amin reason I am interested to be here.

  19. The most important thing I take away from this wonderful lecture is the understanding that people develop their lives according to the peculiar intelligence and creative inclination. Society and formal education, however, tends to box people according to the priorities of industrialism.

  20. No one should ever fall under the influence of school. I mean, the rules set by the university or school are not absolute. Each person is unique. School should not play the decisive role in anyone’s life. We are supposed to develop our talents and be professionals in the spheres we fond of. We should change and improve ourselves as well as the policies in schools and universities. Effective thinking courses should be introduced in the framework of the curriculum.

  21. That to improve your capacity to think creatively you must “unlearn” what you have been taught historically and become receptive to exploring new ways of assimilating and processing information. This in turn will enable you to view every situation from new and different perspectives and therefore produce different outcomes. Success in this endeavour will enable you to unlock and realise your full potential in life.

  22. Creativity is an original idea that comes from looking at things from different perspectives. CVS2BVS.

  23. Education should include the development of the whole child, their hope, and extraordinary capacity for creativity and not just concentrate on literacy as is currently in effect

  24. The absolute importance of breaking away from the standard right-or-wrong, industrial/technological, geared education and turning instead towards an education system that recognizes, encourages, and values all aspects of creativity and thinking.

  25. Children will have a go, they are in a way fearless. Sometimes it’s just important to try and they do… We need to be wrong. Being wrong is not bad.

  26. Humans have the power of immagination, we can use this power to rethink what has been done, we can immagine something better for our future

  27. We can now allow learners to be creative thinkers. Create the environment and give them the opportunity to do critical thinking..

  28. We all learn in our own way, forcing someone to learn in a way that is destructive to their core learning ability is not going to get the most out of the poor individual. Being creative allows us to think outside traditional learning, and to be entertained while doing it 🙂

  29. We need the children of the future to be better adaptors of creativity to provide solutions for problems that we don’t know we need answers to

  30. Wouldn’t it be great if schools could have some sort of selection process to assign you to classes based on what type of person you are, much like the Harry Potter house selection, the academics could be with likeminded people, the artistic type like wise and same with the sporty types, then have these type of activities as the core of your learning which to base other subjects on.

  31. While watching this lecture I was thinking to myself, I have never looked at it this way. I always thought of schools as unnecessary but to think they kill our creativity actually makes sense. I remember being a little tacker running around pretending to be army men with my imagination using all sorts of creative items to enhance the experience. Now I could not do that if my life depended on it, I do not have the creativity and imagination that school took away from me.

  32. My general conclusion is that the educational system is worldwide converted from one aimed at developing the individual to one aimed at conditioning the individual to be a mini-unit in the whole.

  33. Creativity – original ideas that have value. Originality is a causal effect of a preparedness to be wrong, yet we stigmatise being wrong. If a job is worth doing then it’s worth doing badly… Meaning it is ok to be wrong when you are trying to achieve a goal, just keep going.

  34. To allow individual creativity to flourish, to allow peoples’ natural innate talents to germinate and grow we need to remove the shackles that constrain us. Our economic paradigm drives our educational systems to narrow particularity as to academic standards rather than appreciating the breadth of intelllgences available to humans. We need to bring our whole selves to the table, to encourage the interaction of various interdisciplinary interplay to enable and foster the nourishment of human growth.

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