Video: Empowering Students to Be Creative
"Creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status."
- Sir Ken Robinson, TED Conference, 2006
As nerd conventions go, TED is pretty much the cream of the crop. And we mean that as the highest of compliments.
What began in the early 1980s as an annual conference to bring together experts in the fields of technology, entertainment, and design, has now blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon that provides both financing and platforms to the brightest minds from just about any field you can imagine. (Learn more about TED here.)
Every 18-minute speech given at a TED conference is available for free online, and it's a great resource for teachers -- really, it's a great resource for anybody. There's an endless amount of terrific information at your fingertips.
Take, for example, the esteemed Sir Ken Robinson. He's the author of several fascinating books, and he's regarded in many parts of the world as one of the most forward-thinking minds in the fields of creativity and innovation. His TED talk from 2006 still resonates as a great example of what public speaking at its apex should be -- it's informative, entertaining, and its fundamental message sticks with you long after the lights have faded.
And so, for no specific reason on this Tuesday afternoon, we'd like to share his short TED talk with you. Take particular notice as he recounts the story of Gillian Lynne, one of the great artists of her generation, and a woman who was very nearly overlooked and cast aside. It's a powerful argument for the importance of cultivating creativity in our young people, and for overcoming the institutionalized reflex to teach every student as though they are all the same.
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