Let Children be Creative Little Bees

I find Ken Robinson’s passion for education inspiring. Here he makes an entertaining case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than the current systems that tend to undermine it and doesn’t let children be creative.

“Education is meant to take us into this future that we can’t grasp. If you think of it, children starting school this year, will be retiring in 2065. Nobody has a clue, despite all the expertise that’s been on parade for the past four days, what the world would look like in five years time and yet we’re meant to be educating them for it.”

“If You’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original! By the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong and we run our companies like this by the way. We stigmatise mistakes. And we’re now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.”

“And the result is that we are education people out of their creative capacities. Picasso once said this – ‘All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.’ I believe this passionately that we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.”

As well as letting children be creative, it might be time that we adults try very hard to reconnect with our creative instincts as well.

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