Ken Robinson is famous for a video that has attracted more than 10 million views. On this video (a TED presentation) Robinson attacks the factory-type school and argues that we should give less attention to academics, more to creativity.
First of all, we've already gone a long way in this direction.
Second of all, some very smart people say that you cannot teach creativity. (What you can do is give people a lot of skills and knowledge, which then serve as a foundation for creativity.)
Third, as a practical matter, there is only so much time in the day. If schools do what Robinson wants, they will devote less hours to the traditional curriculum. Question: is any student in America getting too much traditional education? That's highly unlikely.
Instead of increasing creativity (whatever that is exactly), what we really need is much more creative ways to teach the basic subjects. I'm all for that. But I'm very suspicious of diluting what we've already diluted far too much.
Here is a discussion of Robinson's ideas: "Kin Robinson and the Factory Method of Education."
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