Point of View

Sir Ken Robinson has come up several times in my writing. His 2006 TED Talk impressed me hugely, enough to share it with my upper school Flash class. (This is the second TED Talk I’ve shared with them, the first being Larry Lessig’s talk on ‘How creativity is being strangled by the law”, which you can watch at the bottom of this post.) Robinson will be speaking at the annual NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) conference, which will take place in New York at the end of February. (I wish individual tickets were available just for his talk!)

Each of the three times (Creativity, August 2007; Creativity, October 2007; and Creative Footsteps.2, December 2007) I’ve written about Robinson, it has been in connection with creativity. His contention is that “schools educate people out of their creative capacities”.

In his talk, Robinson said: If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. In terms of how the brain deals with creativity, Robinson believes that creativity entails “the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things”.

It is often useful to look at issues through multiple lenses, both to clarify as well as make sure all possibilities are considered. arvind grover and Alex Ragone, two independent school technologists, host EdTechTalk: 21st Century Learning. In March of this year they interviewed June Ahn, a PhD student looking at urban education. In their discussion they touched upon Ken Robinson and his TED Talk. You can listen to their talk (scroll to talk #35) or read June’s blog entry, where she does a little dismantling of Robinson’s talk.

And as promised, here is Larry Lessig’s TED Talk:
How creativity is being strangled by the law


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