“Schools Kill Creativity”
January’s TED Talk is “Schools Kill Creativity” by Ken Robinson.
(For those who think that they don’t have time to watch this, I hope that I’ll be able to convince you to take the time to do so after you read this post.)
When I analyze my own history and think about the impact the education system has had on my own growth, this point hits straight home. It’s not so much that we should be rewarding mistakes, but schools have conditioned people to be afraid of making a mistake. Now I know that there are those who are immune to this fear, and there are two types of people who fall into this category: “average” students and future researchers. The sad thing is that some of our brightest and most successful entrepreneurs and business people tend to come from these stereotyped “average” students. And a lot of times, it is because of their tenacity and willingness to be wrong and try again that they can surpass the masses. But then again, both the budding entrepreneur and future researchers are a small portion of the population. So what about everyone else?
This quote comes from the story of famous choreographer X and how she discovered her talent. I would paraphrase the story for you, but it just doesn’t do justice to how Robinson tells it. In regards to the meaning of this statement however, I think it’s a pity that so many people resort to typical methods to deal with every problem. The prime example of this is ADHD. I get it, some kids cannot seem to sit still. But seriously though, society’s answer of putting them on medication just because they don’t fit properly into society’s little box is absolutely absurd.
The coup de grace of the entire talk for me is this statement. It’s further reinforcement to the notion that one cannot be afraid to fail and make mistakes. We try, and we fail, but then we try again. If we are constantly afraid of being wrong or judged by others, we will always be confined to the constraints of our own fears. And let’s not the forget that those fears may be completely irrational and have no grounds at all. No one will judge you as harshly as you will end up judging yourself. So stop worrying about being wrong, and get going on moving forward in life.
Again, I want to re-emphasize that this is a TED Talk that you would definitely find fascinating since it touches on an education system that has not only impacted our lives, but the future generation as well. Here’s to embracing mistakes so that we can create something original. Cheers.