Sunday, April 15, 2012

TEDTalks: Sir Ken Robinson's "Schools Kill Creativity"

Sir Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk was based solely on his passion for education and the freedom to be creative while learning. What I took away from his speech was that he was not just giving a speech. He was not reciting something he memorized from a piece of paper. He put his soul into his conversation with the audience. I believed that he was truly fired up about the topic he chose. He effectively engaged the audience by opening with a few jokes, then elaborated on something serious, then returned to a joke. By keeping the audience fascinated with his speech, he has guaranteed that they will listen to the last word. Also, his British accent helps keep people engaged because it’s interesting to listen to. Sir Ken Robinson’s presentation style was very maturely strategized so that he would come off as sophisticated while also being fun and entertaining. 
This video was a very moving interpretation of the importance of human  creativity and education through the arts. Robinson impacted me because I truly believe that education systems look down on the arts programs as opposed to math and science programs. “You cannot be an artist or musician” is not a message I would pass on to my kids if I had any. I would want them to be able to feel comfortable and not looked down upon for choosing to be a painter rather than a college professor. Society needs to learn that young kids have more passion than many adults and are more confident in themselves. So, if we start teaching children that creativity and uniqueness are accepted while they are young and not frightened of being wrong, the world may slowly change into a place that children would be able to safely grow up in, with no fear of judgement or prejudice.

The link to Sir Ken Robinson's TEDTalk is included below:

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