Why don’t we get the best out of people? This is a question that Sir Ken Robinson contends is because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Education systems around the world were designed during the industrial revolution to emphasize skills needed to enter the workforce, with math, literacy, and the sciences being the primary focus. That system may have worked for a while, but it is inherently flawed in that students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized. “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 to critical acclaim. Like many others before me, I’ll go so far as to say, everyone must watch this!