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Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

http://www.ted.com Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines)...

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Comment by Michael Grove on June 6, 2011 at 15:55

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential?

For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail

- it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed.

We need to find that magic spot where our natural talent meets our personal passion. This means we need to know ourselves better. Whilst we content ourselves with doing what we’re competent at, but don’t truly love, we’ll never excel. And, according to Ken, finding purpose in our work is essentially to knowing who we really are.

Get ready to unleash your inner fervor as Ken takes to our pulpit to inspire you to follow your passion.

 

 

Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.

Comment by Michael Grove on September 12, 2013 at 7:32

During the early part of my training as a civilian pilot/air traffic controller in the 1960's I was

first introduced to the mind-blowing experience of "flying" a de Havilland Trident Simulator. It was

mind-blowing for me, as a dyslexic 3D thinker, because my own vision as a child was of a future

time when we would be able to personally experience a simulation of the reality such that we would

not be able to tell the difference between the simulation and the reality.

Many moons later in California, whilst speaking to

the female dyslexic designer of the very latest

Silicon Graphics workstation - I was introduced to

Thomas West's epic book IN THE MIND's EYE -

as a result of which I helped to set up an event

of the same name.


This high-profile bravura

exhibition in London's West End

was the first of its kind to set

before the general public the

work of artists and designers

who suffer from dyslexia.  

Most of the 73 exhibitors were

members of the ADT - otherwise

known as the Arts Dyslexia Trust 

and the idea was to present work,

not only from the fine arts, but from designers of all kinds including

scientists and engineers.



Comment by Michael Grove on September 12, 2013 at 7:32

To my absolute amazement the supposed

Dyslexic Experts of Education, were

seemingly incredulous of the fact that I had

been an Air Traffic Controller and somewhat

miffed when I addressed a conference of

several hundred specialist teachers of

dyslexic children - and then asked them

how many of them were left handed?,

just a few hands were raised, and then

how many were dyslexic? - none

to which raising of hands, I declared

that only dyslexics could teach dyslexics

because you had to be one to understand one.

 

Comment by Michael Grove on September 18, 2013 at 11:57

You were meant to do great things for the world. Without your mind pigeonholed in a constant

survival/slavelike stagnation trap (i.e., your routine-rut job), your mind will begin to function as it

was designed. Your creative mind will begin to seek that which deeply motivates you. Most

human beings are motivated to bring good into the world.

When you become deeply motivated and creative, bringing values to mankind,

then you will live with exciting exhilaration and enthusiasm every day.

                                                                                                                The Cure Zone

Comment by Michael Grove on January 4, 2014 at 8:26

In the United States we are raised to appreciate the accomplishments of inventors & thinkers -

creative people whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the famously imaginative,

the greatest artists and innovators from Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is

supposed to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads recruiting “idea people” and

“out of the box” thinkers. We are taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that if

we have good ideas, we will succeed.

IT's ALL a LIE. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely acknowledged: Most people don’t

actually like it. Studies confirm what many creative people have suspected all along ... 


People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their insistence otherwise.

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