Forcing round holes to accept square pegs

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.

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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?

5 thoughts on “Forcing round holes to accept square pegs

  1. That’s why i despair of schools removing the arts from kid’s school days. Nevermind that my best memories all took place in drama class, i met my best friend in music class (where i introduced myself by calling her a b!tch), and can’t draw worth a damn. The arts are the one place where creativity can reign free. Improvise! Create a new drum riff! Paint a purple apple growing from a yellow tree.

    Creativity and being allowed to be a triangular peg helped make me who i am today. :))


  2. I had one fabulous teacher in 6th grade who really encouraged creativity. It was one of the most memorable years of school I ever had! (I painted a green panda bear in that class once…)


  3. I LOVE this mini-lecture.

    That image of strip-mining has really stayed with me.

    Unfortunately, that image is also true once you combine creativity with business. Many a great artist has had their creativity strip-mined by the creativity business. I’ve seen many artists get to the point that they withdraw their creativity from the world and go become grocery-store clerks (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but how much poorer are we for that withdrawl?


  4. wow! you’re in Sweden! I have a friend that lives there too. If you looked at my shop, I have one necklace reserved for her. Awesome! such a small world isn’t it? Thanks for the compliments on my earring creations. I really love them too. So hey, let me know if you really like any of them and I’ll ship them to you anytime! 🙂 – btw, thanks for visiting me back in my blog.


  5. sadly Texas schools are at the top of that list when it comes to forcing the square pegs into round holes…
    I knew my last year there that if I was not moving to DK, it was going to be time for a new profession…
    My philosophy and that of the Texas Educ. System were so far from one another that it made me sad….because I never moved from where I started philosophically 20 years ago….


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