Do schools kill creativity?
This question has captivated us for some time, as evidenced by the fact that Sir Ken Robinson’s famous 2006 TED Talk on this very topic has garnered tens of millions of views (and counting).
It’s a relatively simple -- but important -- question. The problem is, most people fail to approach it with any sense of rigor or precision.
Take Ken Robinson’s talk for example:
Sure, his stories are good, and he delivers a humorous set that would give most comedians a run for their money …
But when it comes to creativity, he speaks in platitudes, and doesn’t actually offer anything deep or meaningful on the subject.
So, in my latest 'From Theory to Practice' video, I chose to examine a new research article that taps into the creativity vs. education debate with the degree of scientific rigor that it deserves:
The Effect of Semantic Memory Degeneration on Creative Thinking (Tamara Paulin et al, June 2020)
Here are some of the questions I tackle in this installment: