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Ken Robinson says, “…schools kill creativity…”   3 comments

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Why you should listen to him:

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. 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.”

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.”

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The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination (J.K.Rowling)   1 comment

I found this on a fellow blogger’s site and reblogged it once on my blog, Healthy, Happy Living http://thinhealthyandlovingit.wordpress.com/. Since WordPress seems to allow only one reblog per post, I am sending a direct link to the speech from J.K. Rowling to the 2008 graduate class of Harvard. It will leave you amazed as well as inspired.

J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary deg...

J. K. Rowling, after receiving an honorary degree from The University of Aberdeen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Link: http://harvardmagazine.com/2008/06/the-fringe-benefits-failure-the-importance-imagination

Enjoy!

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