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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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I really liked Sir Robinson's contrast between a culture of compliance and a culture of creativity, when discussing standardized testing. Also, notice how this is a master storyteller at work: his main point of "creative possibilities" is presented using a story about the Death Valley being in blossoms in Spring 2005. A Dormant Valley, not Death Valley.

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Janet Viedge's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:42 AM

Ah yes, at last, another inspiring talk from Ken Robinson!

Sílvia Zurita's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:40 AM

Ken Robinson is always interesting. His critical vision of the "no child left behind" project 

PacoRivière's comment, June 15, 2013 6:11 AM
Really interesting 'n inspiring!
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10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes

10 Reasons Why We Struggle With Creativity - Forbes | academia | Scoop.it
VideoSisyphus the Titan pushing his infamous boulder up the hill; image credit Wikipedia “There is always room, if only in one’s own soul, to create a spot of Paradise, crazy though it may sound.” --Henry Miller, Preface to Stand Still Like the Hummingbird...

Via Susan Bainbridge
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This is a must read for everybody who needs to be creative - that is everybody. Some tips include carving out time, making this non-negotiable, and recognizing that you have to work yourself into your creative zone are only some of the things discussed. Plus you get to watch a video on the topic from John Cleese - come one, JOHN CLEESE! Great read!!

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Sharolyn S. Griffith's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:35 AM

Creativity is essential as a skill for this century.

Rachelle Wooten's curator insight, March 26, 2013 8:25 AM

If there is one area where we could really use some creativity is in the area of PD! I could really appreciate this quote, "Spurts of time riddled with interruptions aren’t conducive to creativity because each time our focus is wrecked, we struggle to get back to the point we’d reached in our creative “flow”." Time is always an issue but it's so necessary to creativity.