Watching a Ted Talk one day I discovered Sir Ken Robinson, a leading thinker on transforming education. He argues that the education system should focus less on standardized testing and more on developing an environment where students can realize their potential – not just through STEM curriculum but also through imagination and creativity.
As I listened to his talk I went back to my youth and remembered the continuing penalties I paid because of my habit of thinking differently, of exercising my imagination.
Dr. Robinson said this, “Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not — because the thing they were good at in school wasn’t valued, or was actually stigmatized.”
Here is another quote from his lecture. ““We are educating people out of their creative capacities.”
And another, “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”
Here is the source. Schools Kill Creativity (TED Talk 2/2006) You can find this at Ted.com
Just hearing the words “Creativity” or “Imagination” makes my heart beat faster.
One thing about getting older is that you can keep discovering sites like the above again and again and each visit it seems all new and triggers your imagination with yet a new direction. Someone said, the good thing when your memory is failing is that each meal is a new adventure.