Schools Kill Creativity


Perhaps my all-time favourite TED Talk. Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

In corporate America, and perhaps the whole western world, we are burdened with school graduates programmed to do what they are told, rather than to think for themselves. School success these days requires the skill to comply and to pass tests. Little else. If Agile ways of working are ever to take hold in a meaningful way, the learning has to begin in the school system.

And if you are an employer in the software world, or any other creative endeavour, look to those kids who have been “left behind”. Among them you are likely to find the most creative, independent thinkers. Throw out those meaningless resumes, and talk to the real people. Value dialog over form-filling.

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