I remember watching this TED talk by Ken Robinson a few years ago and being blown away, it’s gone on to become one of the most celebrated TED talks of all time and very rightly so.
The message really stuck with me, so it’s been in the back of my mind to write a blog about it, then last week, as I listened to Jim Kwik’s podcast on Foundr as he talked about the same thing; the universe was obviously telling me to write this blog.
So I have.
Ken’s talk is so good because the delivery is engaging, which is always half the battle, but also his argument is compelling and insightful and that’s what makes it outstanding.
The premise of the argument is that the school system is educating children out of their creative capacities, because they are taught that everything is either right or wrong. But we all know that if you’re not prepared to be wrong, or if you’re afraid to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.
The current education system was developed to meet the needs of Industrialism, so the subjects were given a hierarchy, according to how useful they would be for a job at the time of the Industrial Revolution. This put Maths, Science and English at the top and The Arts at the bottom because ‘you’ll never get a job as a musician’.
But it’s not the Industrial Revolution anymore, creative jobs are just as prevalent as ones based in academia.
Jim Kwik makes a similar point; kids are taught what to learn, but not how to learn properly.
As Jim puts it “we live in a world of electric cars, where we have a spaceship that can go to Mars and yet the way we learn is like a horse and cart. The school system was created at the turn of the century to equip people with the skills and knowledge to work on farms, in factories and to follow orders”.
It’s an interesting debate and one that should be getting more attention.
Bottom line is; the Industrial Revolution is long gone, we’re living in the digital revolution, so why hasn’t anyone told our education system?