Do Schools Kill Creativity?

In our work with schools the last 8 years while researching, piloting and selling student leadership development training, I've had plenty of opportunities to interact with administrators, teachers, students and parents.  In addition to our own parenting experiences, I've come to the conclusion that most schools are leader adverse.  In other words, they tend to diminish a student's leadership potential by valuing conformity and labeling young leaders as trouble makers and class disruptions (which they can be if not handled effectively).  

In this TED Talk YouTube video, Sir Ken Robinson looks at the issue of schools and creativity.  There are a lot of similarities between creativity and leadership in terms of school environs, even though they are somewhat different talents and skills.  Click here for Ken's 20-minute presentation.


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