Clip of the Week #01 – Learning and Creativity

Published November 13, 2009 in Clip of the Week - 0 Comments

I’ve decided to post some of my favourite videos from all over the net in a weekly feature.

To start off, here’s a great TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson on how our education system is killing creativity. Try not to get distracted by Sir Ken’s many witty comments, because the core message is a very important one.

This speech appeals to me on two different levels: First of all, my experience in school (particularly the early years) were distinctly negative and the education system I went through almost killed my love for learning. This is probably mainly because I don’t have a very academic brain. I’m not particularly adept at those things that “count” most in school, like mathematics and abstract thinking. So I guess I like this speech because it kind of defends the position I found myself in, in school.

Secondly, I’m very interested in presentation and speech skills and I think this talk is quite remarkable in that regard. There are no Slides, no pictures, no visual aids of any kind. The speaker isn’t energetic and he doesn’t gesture a lot. It also seems to be largely or even completely unscripted. Yet, the speech is vibrant and entertaining from start to finish. This speaks of an amazing amount of experience that Sir Ken Robinson must have gained in giving speeches over the years.

I hope you enjoyed this video. Let me know what you think in the comments below!