I just came across this awesome TED Talk by Ken Robinson. It made me think about the ways we as educators can nurture creative and innovative thinking… or kill it.

In it he says:

“If you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance. And the consequence is that many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not, because the thing they were good at at school wasn’t valued or was actually stigmatized.”

What do you think about that?

Check out the talk (below) and let me know what you think in the comments. I’ll be posting more on my thoughts about arts education in the coming weeks.:

Ken Robinson: How Schools Kill Creativity

Related reads: Neuroplasticity: New Research Challenges Our Ideas About the BrainThe (Learning) Gap

What do you think? Are our schools nurturing or killing our kids’ innate creativity? How do the new Common Core State Standards help or hurt creativity? And what is the importance of arts education in all of this?

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Ali Collins is an educator, community organizer and mom. She lives with her husband and twin girls in San Francisco, CA.

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