Do Schools Kill Creativity?

For those of you that know my family, you likely know that our oldest daughter Malena will, this coming Fall, begin a Waldorf program for Kindergarten. We are very excited.

There are many reasons why Waldorf seems to be a good fit for us and Malena. One of those reasons is that Paula and I do not consider ourselves overly creative. Paula and I are both very structured people (in our own way). Malena, in contrast, is an extremely sensitive, empathetic, and creative person. Consequently, we wanted to find a setting that could foster and nurture those qualities and we hope Waldorf is that setting.

And all of that is a long introduction to a topic for which I am unable to fully articulate my as-yet-not-fully-formed views — and that is the topic of our public, and to a lesser extent, mainstream-private, school systems. For a long time now, I have a had a nagging unease brewing in the back of my mind regarding our choices for the school(s) which will educate our children. When I watched Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk from 2006, it clicked…”yeah, that’s it…that’s what I have been concerned about.”

So, without further adieu (there has been too much “adieu” in this post already), I present you with another outstanding TED Talk and ask you…What do you think? Do schools really kill creativity?

TED Talks — Ideas Worth Spreading

There is this remarkable conference that is held in Monterey, California once a year. It is the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference — otherwise known as “TED.”

TED brings together shockingly compelling speakers and listeners to discuss more or less everything under the sun. The moniker for the conference is “Ideas Worth Spreading.” And…well…that moniker is pretty much right on target.

I’m writing this post to let you know that these lectures are are now available in podcast and streaming forms.

If you have not found TED yet, please add it to the list of replacements for that mindless sitcom on which you waste your precious time. In fact, these lectures are really so compelling that I am sad only that it has taken me so long to discover them.

So, without delaying you further from experiencing that which I have found addictive, I provide the following taste and encourage you to move on from there.

UPDATE: Here is another from 2006.

UPDATE: Here is Al Gore’s new slide show — from 2008: