Sir Ken Robinson On Schools Killing Creativity

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I’ve written about Sir Ken Robinson’s thoughts on education before. While it’s been around a while, I stumbled on this today.

He makes some interesting points; and I find these are especially relevant to the Indian education system, which in my opinion is a complete mess. After putting our kids through 16 years of formal education, what we end up with are un-employable adults.

Some points he makes ring true:

  1. Collaboration inside and outside schools are key to success.
  2. Schools run on a production line approach, that was appropriate for the industrial age and doesn’t work in the information age.
  3. We need to change the education system so it focuses on the natural creative abilities of children.
  4. How can education enhance the aesthetic experience of the learner?
  5. Why do we still categorize students based on their age and not their abilities?

In India, we’d do very well to evaluate our education system and fix the glaring gaps. If our demographic dividend is to pay off, we really need to get down and do this soon.

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