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Educator and creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson posits that creative thinking will help today’s young generations face the unknown future. Thus, he says, the educational system must stop stifling creativity and start embracing a broader concept of intelligence. Robinson’s wisdom, humor and vital message have made this TED’s most-viewed talk to date. getAbstract agrees with the unanimity of viewers’ comments that urge, “Everyone should watch this.”

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the educational system stifles creativity,
  • What consequences this brings and
  • How schools must change to prepare children for the future.

About the Speaker

Sir Ken Robinson served on the British government’s committee to research creativity and the educational system in 1998, and he received a knighthood for his work.



The future remains beyond human knowledge. Even so, education must prepare children for the years ahead. Meeting this challenge requires nurturing the diversity and richness of human imagination and intelligence. Unchecked, children display amazing facilities for innovation. As painter Pablo Picasso once said, they are all born artists. For instance, a little girl once told her teacher she was drawing a picture of God. The teacher replied, “But nobody knows what God looks like,” to which the nascent artist responded, “They will in a minute.” Like all children, she was not afraid that her drawing was incorrect. Being wrong and erring are...

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