Children Could Be The Final Frontier For The Future of Homo Sapiens. But, Are We Properly Preparing Them To Face It?

“We’re all agreed on the extraordinary capacity that children have, their capacities for innovation.

All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.

Van Gough

Sir Ken Robinson’s heart warming TED talk, offers a message with deep resonance, dissecting the current education system that we find implemented the world over, has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006, viewed a staggering 57,961,789 times.

He touches on how academic ability has come to dominate our view on intelligence, because the universities designed the system in their image. As a consequence many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they are not. What they were good at in school wasn’t valued and was actually stigmatised. He believes we cannot afford to carry on this current path, a 19th century industrialism view of the world blueprint, that is bringing students into a revolutionary different one.

“We are educating people out of their creativity capacities…
… I believe we don’t get educated into creativity, we get educated out of it.”

Sir Ken Robinson, 2006 TED Talk

Due to a process of educational inflation, suddenly a Degree isn’t worth anything. Where as you needed a BA now you need a MA, or a PHD for the others. Robinson believes this indicates the whole structure of education shifting beneath our feet. Calling for us to radically rethink our view of intelligence.

Are we ready for it? That’s the big question.

Using the platform of TED that showcases the gift of imagination, Sir Ken Robinson believes our task is to educate children’s whole being, so they can face this future. By encouraging them to explore their natural talents, and be careful that we use this gift wisely, not to force them into a practical box at an early age. We must see our children as the hope that they are.

“Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value.”

Sir Ken Robinson, 2006 TED Talk

This is an absolute must watch for any individual, as we all care about education and our future as a species on this planet. This humbling, thought provoking, engaging TED Talk, is filled with hope and inspiring changes we must make, to better serve the next generation.

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