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Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it.


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Posted by nova on September 12, 2010
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Posted by pwnsauce3k on April 23, 2007 at 6:11 pm
This is a fascinating speech about creativity. He is right about the stifling educational system, but he is mistaken on several points with his off-hand comment about the origins of public education. "Industrialism" was not the impetus for public education. First of all, compulsory public education in the Western world dates back hundreds of years to Luther, then the Calvinists and Prussians. The Calvinists were attempting to create theological conformity, while the Prussians were trying to create a totalitarian state.

The adoption of public education (in the United States, anyway) in the late nineteenth century--the timeframe he mentions--has exactly zero to do with producing competent workers for the emerging industrial society. It has everything to do with manufacturing social conformity and political docility. Nonpartisan historical records prove this. In fact, these goals come straight from the founders of our system (Mann, Dewey, etc.). Look it up for yourself.

It's interesting to see how those who are ideologically sympathetic to public education (which was never established to train individual minds, but achieve the social goals described above) try to retcon the negative consequences by blaming the pedagogical model on the needs of "industrialism." Once again, laissez-fair taking the blame for circumstances created by its antipode, central planning.

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