This is one of my favorite questions to ask – how do schools influence our ability to create and develop? Do we become better organizers by being at school or just better at generating ideas or both? Or do we simply lose our ability to be creative because we study and specialize in the uninteresting and uninspiring?
Sir Ken Robinson – one of the main advisers on education to the British government – has an interesting perspective which he presented in 2006 at TED:
I like the part about people who do not enjoy what they do and that makes them extremely unproductive. I have seen that so many times! In 2010 Sir Ken Robinson was asked to do a second talk in which he makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish: