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Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson talks about how schools kill creativity at TED. "If you're not prepared to be wrong - you'll never come up with anything original."

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A great summary of the problems associated with identifying and nurturing creativity.  Lots of personal resonance for me.

Highlights would be...

Definition of creativity: "The process of having original ideas that have value."

"If you're not prepared to be wrong - you'll never come up with anything original."

"Children are frightened to be wrong - we stigmatise mistakes. They're the worst thing you can make."

"We don't grow into creativity - we grow out of it."

"Our academic system is predicated on academic ability. Universities design the system in their own image."

"We have to rethink the fundamental principles on which we're educating our children."

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I think it has become quite a legendary video in the topic of creativity. It's an amazing inspiration: 'If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original.'

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This video is great! Awesome! IĀ“ve seen this before... Our education system encourage the "right answear", not to make "good question"! We have to change the whole system and also the parentsĀ“ mindset... huge challange! :)! Love it! Thanks for this challenge IDEO!

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Tom- This brings in profound inspiration and insight into this challenge. "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original" - How so true! Thanks for sharing this.