Sir Ken Robinson is a noted British creativity expert who challenges the way we educate ourselves. Recognizing that all formal education is unequally focused on what amounts to linear, quantitative subjects, Robinson proposes a radical re-imagining of our school system that more effectively cultivates creativity and acknowledges multiple types of intelligence.

Here are abstracts from his presentation (hopefully it will inspire you to watch the whole thing. It’s brilliant):

We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather we get educated out of it.

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.

We know three things about intelligence:

  • One, it’s diverse, we think about the world in all the ways we experience it. We think visually, we think in sound, we think kinesthetically. We think in abstract terms, we think in movement.
  • Secondly, intelligence is dynamic. If you look at the interactions of a human brain, as we heard yesterday from a number of presentations, intelligence is wonderfully interactive. The brain isn’t divided into compartments. In fact, creativity, which I define as the process of having original ideas that have value, more often than not comes about through the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things…
  • And the third thing about intelligence is, it’s distinct.