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How Schools kill creativity

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Samantha Corbel

on 5 October 2014

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Transcript of How Schools kill creativity

Group 1
Amanda Azmi, Sam Corbel, Chris Allen, Lenny Fobe, and Evan Feinberg

Rhetorical Triangle
Real World Situation
Education has become increasingly streamlined and standardized
Placement tests inhibit students from demonstrating their creativity

Academic Situation
Major creative drought in schools during the latter half of the 20th century
Rhetorical Appeals
Fear of the future
children are the key to the future
Cheated by the system
Hopeful for change

Stasis Theory
How Schools Kill Creativity
Ted Talk by Ken Robinson
Ted Talk
Current educational system is inhibiting students’ ability to think individually and creatively
Live Audience
Online Viewers
Sir Ken Robinson
historical information about the education system
examples of cause and effect
jokes make him relatable to his audience
personal experience in the education system
anecdotes of personal life and family's experiences to support his beliefs
Cause and Effect:
Robinson does not specify who exactly should address this problem. However he has heavy background in education and therefore has jurisdiction on the subject.
Adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we reconstitute our conception of the richness of human capabilities. (his words)
Education has mined our minds, just like we strip mine the earth for a specific quality
Recognizing “Creative capacities for the richness they are, and our children for the hope that they are”
In the next 30 years more people will get an education then throughout all time. Getting an education no longer guarantees getting a job.
Also values how children are not afraid to make mistakes and how they like to be creative and express themselves.
Values creativity and imagination.
Education was built for the needs of industrialism, where there is a hierarchy of different subjects arranged in the order of usefulness in jobs in the modern society. (Mathematics and Language skills on top, Humanities in the middle, and the Arts on the bottom)
ADHD is the effect of people trying to control children who can’t sit still, instead of letting them dance or sing...etc
Academic inflation, harder to get a job with a degree now than before
The problem he defines is how our education system stigmatizes mistakes and prevents students from pursuing education for their talents because they believe they won’t get jobs if they don’t pursue education in a field like math or science.
diverse (many types like multiple intelligence theory)
The process of having original ideas that have value.
distinct (no two people have the same intelligence)
dynamic (can easily be molded or changed, talks a lot about the linking of the two sides of the brain and multitasking)
Problem Statement
Educational hierarchy
stigmatizes subjects in the arts
Education system isn't accommodating students with learning disorders

Outcry to increase creativity in schools during the 1990s
Not a lot of real change
Craft, Anna, ed.
Creativity in schools: Tensions and dilemmas.
Psychology Press, 2005.
Robinson, Ken. How Schools Kill Creativity. Ted. TED Conference, LLC, Feb. 2006.
Web. 30 Sept. 2014. <http://www.ted.com/talks/
Education System as a Whole
Goal is to educate people for the skills they need for the rest of their lives
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