Monday 27 August 2007

How can we learn to Think Different?

Thanks to Steve Whitmore for reminding me about the talk that alerted him to TED, which I looked up after he told me about it at Willow Creek.

In it Sir Ken Robinson talks about the effect of schooling systems around the world on Creativity, Do Schools kill Creativity? Sir Ken draws attention to the inherently multidisciplinary way the learning brain works, thriving on Diversity, Dynamically interactive and aware of acute Distinctions between sometimes incompatible things. He defines Creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value, and, boy, do we need some if we are to survive, let alone flourish in future.

An uncertain and increasingly complex world demands real liberation for the mind, possibility thinking and creativity, embracing paradox. We need to grow out of the kind of wooden Eagle Comic scientism of the modern age we're being peddled by some of today's secularists and the battened down cramming of the National Curiculum, or all we will end up doing is "strip-mining the earth" to destruction.

Whether you're a teacher, a thinker, a leader, or, actually a theologian, If you have an interest in survival you have an interest in Education and you need to drop what you're doing for the next 20 minutes and watch this!

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