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Director - UCLA Martial Arts Program, Inosanto International Martial Arts Instructors Association

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Talent pool being robbed in schools

Food for thought, do you think that Beardyman learned to do all that in school...which standardized test gave him the ability to make whatever sound he likes from his voice!? His school education probably had nothing to do with it, following his passion for life probably had everything to do with it. Imagine how many other talented people there are out there being stifled by a shockingly closed minded education system that cuts music, sport and arts programs faster than we cut down the rainforest!



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  • Aug 23 2013: Paul, i think there are two sides of the Coin. Yes to some extent the currently global education is contributing death of creativity. This comes when we emphasis more on grades and tests as a determinant of a person's potential. This can also be worsened by too-much academic-ized education.

    However though, to be creative, we need basic to be effective in the current global world. For example Steve Jobs wouldn't have come up with his excellent innovations if he never had the basics of Design. More to that, here in Uganda, we have people who locally built a car and a Helicopter but because they lacked some basic education, they couldn't go very far.
    • Aug 23 2013: Thank you Gerald, of course balance is the key and Sir Ken makes sure to emphasize this point in his talks. That those subjects that people typically think of as "creative" (Arts, Dance, Theater etc...) are not replacing STEM subjects, but that there is an equity in them. He also says that an engineer or designer can do their jobs without being creative. Creativity does not live within certain subjects, but within the individual. A mathematician is creative, an architect is creative even the most academic professors are creative when they teach. When corporations are screaming for creative, innovative thinkers we need to establish ways to incorporate it into every aspect of education and turn the children's brains back on instead of just having them learn facts and data.
      • Aug 26 2013: sorry but i have to call you out on support of ken. he speaks really well, as you'd expect of someone who has studied english, drama and theatre, but isn't a teacher and hasn't ever been one. if he is so passionate about education, why doesn't he try actually teaching for a couple years? he'd find that once he got into the classroom, he'd be receiving instructions from all manner of people who form their ideas based on no teaching experience whatsoever, just as he has been doing!

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