#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. That imageination maybe more important than education,for survival
    of human race,as there is now an over supply of certified accademics
    without certified job vacancy.
    Creative thinking long overdue as core subject at all educational levels.

  2. That imageination maybe more important than education,for survival
    of human race,
    As there is now an over supply of certified accademics
    without certified job vacancy.
    Creative thinking long overdue as core subject at all educational levels.

  3. We must not assume those that are ‘different’ are ‘less’ than we are and that behaviour and thinking that is ‘different’ is equally valid and valuable.

  4. Why are educating people to use yesterday’s solutions to solve tomorrow’s problems, especially when we really don’t know what tomorrow will look like? We would be better off teaching people how to think creatively without the encumbrances of the past.

  5. Firstly, thank you for sharing this clip.

    It’s incredibly enlightening and I’m not sure I’ve ever thought about the stifling effect education has on creativity. We certainly need to change our thinking on what type of learning gets the lion share. For the immediate future my children will definately get a balance of creativity and traditional learning in their life, and for myself, I need to stop following the same patterns that are giving me the same outcome and train myself to think outside the box.

  6. I ‘ve discovered this speach of Sir Ken Robinson one year ago, and it was fascinate !!!! I agree with every word he says and we could build a better world and happier people if we do and we listen with our heart, what he says because it’s the truth… When a was a child, 6 years old, I had many problems at school to communicate with the other children, my teacher at that time, he asked me how I would be better … I answered … drawing … When all the children were out playing everyday I was drawing… and my father told me… don’t forget it…your profession have to be something that will make you happy and to grow as a person…

  7. Excellent,funny and food for thought I would love to meet the man
    his questions need to be answered Im sure many children are suppresed and wouldnt it be lovely to hear of more success stories in fact millions

  8. It was really a fascinating speech. I understood the educational systems have lost their main purpose. Educational systems should pave the way for better thinking and creativity. According to Edgar Morin, our knowledge is fragile because the knowledge we use, the knowledge that is available to us, is knowledge that has been formed within separate, compartmentalised disciplines, that do not
    communicate with one another. So there are expert economists, expert demographers, experts in every field of knowledge who do not communicate. But real life is not like a university. Things that are separate in a university are all mixed up in reality, and that is the ultimate reason why we do not know what is going on. Our way of acquiring knowledge makes us blind to global or fundamental problems

  9. Basically,the school system is broken and always has been.
    It’s our duty as human beeings to find out what we are good at and passionate about and start doing it no matter what anybody else says.
    Sometimes It’s hard not to listen to anybody as we are surrounded by smart and admirable people,but even then It’s our heart that knows better.Always follow the heart and don’t be scared to make mistakes as they appear to be our vital lessons in life.
    All big creations in human history were made by people who did exactly the same as written above.

  10. This lecture was most profound for me, as i have been told that one of my children is dyslexic or has learning difficulties (he is in year 8 and cannot read). He is a wonderful child, he has no behavior problems and lots of friends. I know he has many gifts and is very intelligent, even though i am told otherwise. This lecture has expanded my thinking in the realm of education, as the education system does not suit my son….Mmmm thank you, much to think about

  11. One the most important things I can take away from this lecture is the idea the idea of keeping an open mind.

  12. Be like a kid. If there is anything you want to do. Just give it a go. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward until you actually create what it is you want.

  13. wow. humor with a message or message with humor. re-think the purpose of education, our understanding of intelligence. Foster creativity. Whats the most important thing that I take away from this piece?

    We need to re-think how we think. Are we part of the solution or part of the problem? We once thought the world was flat, we think we are the most evolved species on the planet………???

  14. The current educational is wracked up, I don’t need a college degree as I have the necessary discipline, creativity and potential to do big without a diploma and that we should avoid everything that is done by THE SYSTEM as they want to dumb our brain out.
    I’ll keep reading, learning (on my own), being creative, thinking laterally and loving the universe and life itself.
    I am free because I know what they want to do with us. I will not be a part of the clones industry.
    I’ll go flying now.

  15. I have always believed that education is wasted on the young. Mostly it’s because those who ‘teach’ are employed to do so, but may have no interest in it. The administrators of same are no better. The government that oversees the education, defines its core values, etc, has no direct interest in the outcomes of education.
    The only hope is that independent providers (private schools) can look a little ahead & employ appropriately skilled educators so that someone in the next generation can be better than those who taught them.

  16. The need to rediscover what I can do creatively best (not necessarily what I learned in school) and to help others escape the ‘straitjacket’ system that society (education) imposes on us.

  17. i share Sir Ken’s beliefs and think this is why antidepressants are the most prescribed medications. I see my lack of formal education not so much as a disadvantage now but that i’ve had the freedom to educate myself about the things i’m interested in. the most important thing i take away from this lecture is the genius of Sir Kens’s humour in effectively communicating ideas about new ways of looking at things.

  18. The idea of the diversity and multifacetedness of human beings, of intelligence, and of creativity. . . .
    In our educational systems (and in society in general), we have been placing almost exclusive value and emphasis on academic intelligence, and we have been discouraging and stifling creativity. Human beings, and their intelligence, and their creativity, are so much more diverse and multi-faceted than we acknowledge, and than is exemplified by academic intelligence. We need to re-think our educational system and our ideas of what intelligence is; we need to recognize that each person has unique abilities and talents, and we need to nurture all forms of intelligence and creativity.

  19. Creativity & Literacy are now on equal grounds

    Kids re not yet afraid to be WRONG

    We are educating kids out of creativity

    Academic Inflation

    How did you discovered your talent?

    There are people who has to move to THINK!

    Richness of capacity of the whole being.

  20. It’s nice to listen to someone who knows what he is talking about and has the passion to go with it. I feel the same as Ted about our education system, it must be changed.

    Charles Moore

  21. I LOVE the subtitles at least some one is understanding my hearing impaired language!!

    So he is talking about education, creativity and is unclear what we could expect in the future..

    I really love his sense of humour, could be a good asset to make someone at ease about the topic at the same time allow re-inforcement of ideas without further ado, certainly clever in incorpating personal experiences that is relevant without losing the main plot. Of course, I reliase he is a teacher that is being a professor.

    Now he combines the main points of intelligence is an outcome of interactions which we learn. interesting points about gender wires in brains.


  22. Such an inspiring speaker and a sense of humour too. I was impressed by the fact that Sir Ken was able to demonstrate that children have an innate sense of creativity within them. What happens to us as we mature?

    I believe that we are corrupted by an education system that tells us what we are supposed to learn not what we should be taught to enhaance our creative talents.

    That is the most important message that I will take from the lecture, the fact that we ought to be inspring our children and encouraging their creativity into adulthood.

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

    A. The importance of reawakening my imagination and creativity.
    Having learned some time ago that on average only 2% of 40 year old’s are still imaginative and creative.
    10% of 7 year old’s are imaginative and creative while 95% of 2 to 4 year old’s are. But the great news is that it our creativity and imagination never leaves us, we have just turned it off and can be reawakened even in adults of 60 years and older to at least an 80% level of what is considered outstandingly creative.
    Sir Ken has just shown us how critical it is that we all begin now to reignite it.

  24. Very inspiring and enlightened speech..

    Thinking and doing things differently is generally called as ‘Creativity’. Like thinking out of the box is the so called ‘Creativity’. The current Education system should change its perspective and give more importance for developing child’s creativity right from their schooling. As the child grows the creativity might have narrowed if they haven’t nurtured during their childhood.

    According to me children should be allowed to have divergent thinking which will enhance their creativity.

    Finally I would like to say that there is no age for creativity……

  25. its an inspiring and awesome video…

    we must be creative from our heart… so all children from the beginning of their life should be allowed to think broadly and let them do things apart from just studies what they like to or feel to do..

    in fact we must allow our-self too to do things in the way we feel and like to do letting our creativity and thinking be ours…

  26. WOW!!! For a University Professor he is a fantastic speaker.

    There were a couple of statements that really touched me – “If you’re not prepared to be wrong you’ll never come up with anything original.” I think most of us have been conditioned to try and always be right, quite often to our own detriment. I am lucky in that I know a brilliant man who has been an inventor all of his life and while he isn’t always right, he always tries to find a way to make it work, much like Edison did with the lightbulb.

    The other statement that resonated with me was “We are educating them out of their creativity.” Why should we stifle our childrens creativity? If they want to dance, let them dance. If they want to sing, let them sing. We need to stop educating for the industrial revolution and start educating for life balance – sure you need to know your times tables to an extent, but why not at the same time develop our creative side?

  27. We are all born creative and the current education system kills creativity which is clearly seen in reduction in creativity as one ages. The current education system is very maths and science focussed and very less focussed on the arts and almost no focus on thinking. The current education system was concieved for the industrial age and we continue to follow it even when there is very little relevance to the type of skill that is required today and we don’t know if it has any relevance a few decades from now. Teaching thinking on the other hand will make our children thinkers and not followers of instruction. By doing this we are giving our children and our society bright minds who can think and come out winning when facing any situation or challenge in the coming years and decades.

  28. The most important thing I will take away from this lecture is to be aware of being able to fail, by taking the chance given by creativity. If I’m able to recognise the opportunities offered by crativity and accept the inherent probability of risks, I probably will let them room to spread out by trying to overcome the dichotomy between mind and body.

  29. I realize more and more that I must embody this message in my life and work. I need to reach inside myself to find peel the layers of conditioning which essentially squashed my creativity over the years – School was a definite large contributor to that, as the presenter asserts… I believe creative like we were as children is who we all really are. I know now that the authentic and creative child I was is who I am meant to be, and I will spread this message far and wide. I think schools are squashing creativity and it needs to stop, as our entire future depends on everyone’s unique strengths finding solutions.

  30. The potential of human beings is immense. For any such possibility to flower itself, the human being should be given the freedom (if not encouraged) to follow their passions.

  31. The world nowadays focus too much on the science and productivity while neglecting people’s agency and creativity. While science certainly increases the output and economic prosperity of PRESENT situations, the FUTURE depends on people’s capacity to design and develop new strategies that can solve humanity issues. These two big areas both require people to work in, and thus we need to start from educating ourselves, as well as the younger ones.

  32. The kids are the future. We shouldn’t limit the creativity, don’t be affraid to do mistakes, errors just because we don’t know if an idea gonna be right. Explore and incentivize our creativity without fear. The way we are being teached limit our full capacities.

  33. I want to learn more about the different forms of intelligence. I am also getting a sense of how deeply entrenched are our social norms about what is intelligence, what is valued and mostly about what is right and what is wrong. The message is exhilarating and liberating.

  34. I will endeavour to activate my creative mind through reading, practice and accepting to be wrong for my true creativity to flourish. I will continue to support my son to evolve his creativity and not be ashamed of being wrong.

  35. Didnt we all say in our last life “next time i am going to do it better”? Next life is now and i definitely try to become better every day. Better than the last day.
    Trying to be an example, role model, teacher, trainer, coach

    One important thought came again: we have everything at hand – we just need to do it right.

  36. the most important thing to me is that we are educated to be not creative. Creative power that should be as important as literacy. So we must learn the way children learn, they aren’t afraid of making mistakes, so their capacity to remain creative and original is very high unlike adult who are afraid of being wrong.

  37. Our education system is destroying our creativity, like the food, the air and the water, it is polluted. We need desperatley a BIG change.

  38. Sir Ken clearly expresses what is creativity to everybody and how not to stifle it in our children and ourselves.

  39. The system itself does not support the arts/culture. At the moment, I am in the midst of this very issue. Despite a talent for music, the focus for high ATAR scores rest with the traditional subjects like maths. The system is geared up for continuous test like Naplan in schools. The teachers hands are tied, as they are locked into this system. I remember myself as young student, the pressure of Science, as there was a drive for female students in Science. I moved away from the arts/languages and ended up doing Biochemistry. Now 30 years down the track, I am in marketing and working within a much more creative environment. Creativity in education needs to be rebranded, in line with the high brand equity for subjects like Maths and the Sciences ,

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