I wanted to share with you all a Ted talk I stumbled on while browsing Netflix.
(^ follow the link)
It’s by a guy named Ken Robinson, and he makes some pretty interesting points about the flaws in our education system, arguing that it kills creativity, only valuing one type of intelligence.
A quote that stuck with me was ‘all children are born artists’, and that it is our education system that eliminates it, by not allowing for mistakes, making mistakes an invaluable part of the creative process.
Subjects are valued in accordance to how useful they’ll be in terms of getting a job, leaving subjects such as music and art at the bottom of the pile. But should education purely be about preparing a child to fit in neatly to the job market?
I know my from my experience of school that I hated the way I was taught in lessons. I hated the way we would only learn things we needed to know for an exam or because it was on the curriculum. I’d sit there in science lessons and ask, ‘So how come some people have green eyes?’ or ‘What makes a yo-yo work?’ and be constantly told I didn’t need to know that, it wasn’t going to help me in my exam. But why should education be about what we ‘need’ to know? (although I’m still convinced I didn’t need to know about algebra) Why can’t education be more like a QI episode?
I have a friend who is one of the most astoundingly talented artists I have ever met, yet wants to be an accountant, because apparently you don’t make money as an artist; it’s not a serious profession. Personally I’d rather live in a shoe, but surrounded by paint and blank canvas, than live in a mansion and have to look at a spreadsheet everyday.
When I took my subjects for A level I didn’t even know if I was going to pass them, let alone care what looks good for university. I took them because I was interested in them, I wanted to learn about them for their own sake, I wasn’t so bothered about where they’d take me.
But hey, maybe that’s foolish…still I thought I’d leave you with a quote from Banksy
‘ You don’t eat a hamburger to take a shit’
(The hamburger is a metaphor)