Archive | June, 2012

TED Talk: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

10 Jun

TED Talk: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

In this talk, the speaker talked about the public education system.
(He is brilliant and humorous!)

He believes that public education system around the world is wrong and it deprives children of their creativity.
At school, children are taught knowledge and what is right or wrong.
What they have to do is usually going the right things that they are taught.
It makes them consider making mistakes as shameful things, so they can seldom take the chance to do something creative in such a situation.
He also mentioned that math and languages are considered to be the most important subjects while arts and music are the least important.
There is the same order of priority of subjects in every education system around the world.
There is a consistent order of priority for school subjects in every education system around the world.
He believes we should treat all subjects with the same status, with the same importance.
These are the reasons why he thinks school kill creativity.
In conclusion, he stated that we should rethink the fundamental principles of education.

I totally agree with him.
The Japanese education system is the same as the one he explained.
We are taught what is right or wrong, and we eager to remember what the teachers say and what we’ve learned from textbooks in order to obtain good grades.
As he also mentioned in the talk, the whole system of education is process of university entrance.
As he also mentioned in the talk, the whole education system is a process for university entrance.
Almost all high school students in Japan are studying just to pass the entrance exam, regardless of their interests.
What is worse, passing the entrance exam of university is extraordinarily harder than graduating from university in Japan.
And We are evaluated ourselves by our grades on subjects such as math and languages, not arts and music.
That’s why students regard the subjects not required by universities as less important.

In my case, since history and geography were not included in the entrance exam for my university, I didn’t study these subjects much.
I deeply regret that I didn’t study them.
As adults, we have become unwilling to try new things, or even ask questions, because we’re frightened of failures.
I think it’s because we’ve been taught that making mistakes is wrong and something shameful
In Japan, there are usually no questions raised in classes even though students have a questions.

It’s because they’re embarrassed to speak out in class and afraid of standing out.
The education system should be changed.
But how?
I would like you to share your opinion or the education system in your country.