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Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
July 12, 2009, 10:45 AM
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Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

“Now our education system is predicated on the idea of academic ability. And there’s a reason. The whole system was invented – around the world, there was no public systems of education, really. before the 19th century. They all came into being to meet the needs of industrialism. So the hierarchy is rooted on two ideas. Number one, that the most useful subjects for work are at the top. So you were probably steered benignly away from things at school when you were a kid, things you liked, on the gounds that you would never get a job doing that. Is that right? Don’t do music, you’re not going to be a musician; don’t do art, you wont be an artist. Benign advice – now, profoundly mistaken.”

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