I am no aficionado, but this was by far the best TED talk I have seen. Perhaps, the most hard hitting lines of the speech were, “All kids have tremendous talents and we squander them.” I completely agree that we focus more on what others tell us our students need to learn then we allow students to grow creatively. He went on to say, “We are educating people out of their creative capacities.” We force feed education to students and demand them to conform to a system which tells them there is only one answer.
Robinson explains the hierarchy of education which also leads to minimizing creativity being from top to bottom math and languages, then humanities and at the bottom are the arts. Within each category there are mini hierarchies. For example art and music rank higher than theatre and dance. Many schools systems first cut the arts, which are classes that embody creativity, from the curricula.
This hierarchy stigmatizes students by making them feel inadequate for not being successful at what is deemed important according to the hierarchy. Because we are failing our students we must reform our educational systems in order to place value on creativity so that all students can flourish.