Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Why schools are destroying creativity



The RSAnimate series, a bunch of speeches and talks given by academics with well-drawn animated visual aids, are fucking fantastic. Pinker has one on euphemistic language and Zizek has one on the ethics of charity. They're utterly compelling, entertaining and often lead the viewer to think critically about the world.

This particular one that I am linking to regards the industrialization of the education system. This is something I have been thinking about a lot in light of the economic and cultural situation that we have found ourselves in. Sir Ken Robinson remarks on this, saying that the illusion that a college degree guarantees a job is justifiably being ignored in light of the lack of job permanence. Robinson provides no solutions in this 11 minute video, but he does ask a lot of questions and asks us to ask those questions of the world. Very fascinating stuff. Well worth the 11 minutes.

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