This is a kind of rounding up of my ‘A funny thing happened to me at school’ theme week. You see, in some ways, I don’t think school has changed all that much since I was a kid in the 60s/70s. Of course, most teachers are a lot kinder and compassionate these days – but do they really teach things in a different way? Do they open up new worlds and perspectives and encourage kids to be creative … original?
I think that, unfortunately, kids still have to ‘learn’ the right answers at school. They have to fit in and regurgitate what they have read in books. School is still about forcing round holes to accept square pegs. If a child draws a purple apple, then the teacher will point out that apples are red or green – not purple.
Schools should be about imagination, poetry, dance and creativity as well as about maths, languages and science.
Luckily, creativity guru, Sir Ken Robinson, agrees with me. He claims that schools are educating us out of our creativity. That we are squandering the talents of our children.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Watch the TED talk he gave when you have 20 minutes to spare. You won’t be disappointed. He’ll make you think and he’ll make you laugh. This is one funny guy!
By the way, don’t you think he looks like the actor, Kenneth Branagh?