Do schools stifle creativity?

Source:, 29 January 2009

Ken Robinson argues that the very same social and economic structures that are slowly destroying the planet’s natural resources, also explain the crisis in human resources. The intellectual foundations of the thinking behind the industrial age makes certain assumptions about intelligence and innate ability which marginalises the majority of people, says Robinson. Furthermore, just like we are spending billions of dollars cleaning up the environment, the cost of disaffected youth and the associated social dislocation runs up a bill of similar proportions. Robinson concludes by pointing out that a music teacher in Liverpool failed to spot the musical talents of Paul McCartney and George Harrison. This is a sad indictment on the effectiveness of the teacher or the education system. I think it is probably the latter.

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