Sir Ken Robinson’s Brilliant TED Talk on How Schools Kill Creativity (includes ADD success story) [VIDEO]June 22nd, 2010 by Mike
This is a TED Talk. For those not familiar with T.E.D (Technology Entertainment Design): it’s a conference where the brightest minds in each industry are invited to give the presentations of their lives. And they just recently started posting full videos of these life-changingÂ speechesÂ on the web for us common folk to see. You don’t just go speak at TED…you have to get invited, and your payment is getting to speak in front of one of the most elite audiences in the world.
TED Talks are always worth watching, but some are better than others. This is a particularly good one. Watch the whole video if for no other reason than to hear the childhood story of Jillian Lin, the renowned choreographer for Cats and Phantom of the Opera.
When Jillian was a child (age 8), she fidgeted constantly in iphone 5 replacement screen the classroom and was terrible at doing homework assignments and such. Her mother took her to see a child psychologist. He suggested that she wasn’t dumb or anything like that…she just seemed to be a dancer (since she would start moving whenever he turned the radio on). So he suggested that her mother enroll young Jillian in dance classes. After falling immediately in love with dance, Jillian went on to become one of the biggest names on Broadway (and, incidentally, a multimillionaire). Today, Sir Robinson points out, they would have put her on ADHD meds and told her to calm down.
Other notable quotes…
“We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it.”
“The whole purpose of public education is to produce…university professors. And I used to be one, so there!”
“You were probably steered away — as a kid — from things you might like because they say that you’re not going to be able to get a job doing that.”