I recently watched a very insightful and entertaining video on TED.com from Sir Ken Robinson who says ‘Schools kill creativity’. It has come at a really insightful time for me. Whilst I am proud of the fact I have achieved five different pieces of paper from great universities (more info here on my ‘What I’ve done’ page), I’m also currently making decisions on what is next. Is it an MBA? Is it a new career path? Is it the entrepreneurial path? My personal belief is that time will tell, but I’m always on the quest to learn more on how I can make better judgements.
Please have a watch of the video and place any comments/thoughts you have in the comment section below.
Sir Ken Robinson who says ‘Schools kill creativity’ – http://bit.ly/ucGOEB
Below are some of my thoughts on the video
(Black dot points are points from the video. White dot points are my own)
- Creativity is an important today as is literacy – and we should treat it with the same status
- Whilst those in the 3rd world still need to bring up basic literacy standards to ensure a high quality of living, how are we in the developed world helping future leaders come up with creative solutions to current problems? We need better training
- Take a chance. If you don’t know, have a go. Don’t be frightened of being wrong. If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you won’t come up with anything original
- Often in science it isn’t about finding out what is right, but more often finding out what it isn’t. There was recently funding given to research if a duck quack does indeed not echo. Whilst this might sound absurd (who would rightly pay money to research this), imagine the scientific ramifications and technological opportunities if a new sound was found that didn’t in fact echo!
- Everywhere you travel in the world; there is the same hierarchy in the education system. Maths/Sciences on top, Arts on the bottom. This hierarchy was originally crated on the basis on the usefulness on skills to learn in order to get a job.
- IS this still relevant today? As we move into the 21st century, the ever increasing ‘long tail’ in the market allow us to do unique, creative things that were previously unprofitable. We are now able to connect with other likeminded people easier and cheaper than ever before?
- Traditionally success was critiqued by how much money you had. As work/life balance has come into play over the last 20 years, the value of family connection has begun to take weight. I believe that in the future, more people will opt to learn from experience and do things their way and technology is making it easier for them to do so (internet communications connects us globally and software is making previously ‘specialist’ skills more accessible such as accounting, IT, etc.)
- Over the next 30 years more people will graduate from university than there ever has been before. Is this reducing the value of a degree (academic inflation)?
- What are the alternative options? (see above point)
- Regarding the dance story: ADHD hadn’t been invented – it wasn’t an available condition! Great story
- Do you find you need to do something else in order to concentrate on work? Do you have to move to think?
- Someone else may have put her on medication and told her to calm down! Cricky – is this really what we’re thinking about at the moment?
- If all the insects on earth disappeared today, all forms of life would be dead within 50 years. If human disappeared, then within 50 years, all life would flourish. Our task is to make sure our future generations can make something of it
- Are we giving them the right tools in order to achieve this?