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Ted Talk | Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity

Viktor told me to watch this presentation of Ken Robinson, which reached almost 1 1/2 million views, and now I'm sharing it with you, all the members of our community.

Creativity expert, Sir Ken Robinson, in a witty, dramatic and entertaining manner gets us to rethink the educational system.

He asks us to rethink the priorities of education, and realize the importance of each individual, the variety of learning styles. How much more would they have to offer if creativity was not taken from them during the learning years?

Sir Ken Robinson argues that, because we educate to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers explains why we don't get the best out of people. I tend to agree that if we make everyone the same and 'homogeneous' like milk, we're all toast. That is, we are NOT all the same. Thus, we must bring out our individuality, while at the same time provide a means to further our education and our communication skills, enjoy each other's company, and share our gifts.

Although, I personally agree with much of what Sir Ken has to say, I feel must take a broader view of what makes these kids restless. A breakdown in all parts of society contributes to student restlessness, not only suppression of childhood creativity.

In "Homeopathic Think" ~ I've just created my own language there - very creative, I might say. So, in "Homeopathic Think" © - our vital force is suppressed when we drug, vaccinate, provide processed denatured foods from zapped and neutralized earth and chemically sprayed plants, with animal and dairy products filled with hormones and antibiotics and you are getting my drift. What goes in, creates what comes out.

The restless students, that come from broken homes, in poverty stricken or unloved family backgrounds, are "products" of more than just the educational systems.

The schools have been burdened for too long as 'babysitter' stations filled with unrewarded and unappreciated teachers who contend with red-tape, and administrative duties. We expect our teachers to teach 'ethics' and 'family-values,' as well as, everything else, with little support from parents or the administrative branches of the educational institutions.

Not that schools should not have the duties of imparting to students values, etiquette, the 3-R's [reading, writing and arithmetic]; but wouldn't it be easier if the schools were graced with children who came from solid loving homes?

Back to reality, how to deal with all that is wrong in society and produce educated students who flourish and express their creativity and ingenuity? Ken, has some good things to say, and if we find the best in each person and nurture their strengths through art, music, dance, and drama, we may come out way ahead with individuals who love what they do best, self assured, confident, believe in their abilities and can function as contributing members of their community and society through their creativity.

TEDTalk: "Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."

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Comment by Debby Bruck on August 28, 2010 at 6:29pm
Since the video section gives limited amount of space to comment, this is the remainder of the introduction to this video: A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

"Ken's vision and expertise is sought by public and commercial organizations throughout the world." ~BBC Radio 4
Comment by Alexander Begg on August 30, 2010 at 11:31am
More often than not great ideas are ignored and put on the sideline as unimportant.
The greatest thinkers of all time have always encountered harsh resistance.
At the bottom of this all is one common cause and that is ignorance.

The idea that ignorance is the cause of problems or suffering is not new.

In the next decade we shall see the disseminiation and transformation of our systems. Pluto is in Capricorn for a long time now - which means transformation and rebirth or structure.

Expect to see ignorance demolished. Finding ignorance and coming up with strategies for educating and supporting people who are ignorant are top of the list.

In my experience Dance is and the arts is a real passion for me. Through it I have discovered new self confidence. Life seems colourful now and more effortless. Food is always something new. I am not afraid to experiment. I know what I want to do.

I have no regrets when I say the schooling system was pretty useless. It is no wonder I wanted to bunk and keep out of lessons - its a survival strategy for the fun side of you. Killing your imagination is like killing a part of yourself - you need to protect yourself from that - and instead people get punished for it.


It is amazing that so many people are famous for art, music, dance. We love these people as stars. Yet the majority of our world view is not based on this.

Looking at this more philosophically there seems to be a divide between art and science. A divide between the left brain dominated education system (scientific rational brain) and the artistic expression of inner talent and creativity.

This is why Homoeopathy is so important because it combines the left and right brains - the masculine and feminine, the logical and the creative.

This is because homoeopathy is a science and an art.
May Homoeopathy be free of ignorance.

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