George Zamfir Posted about 6 years ago Ken Robinson: How schools kill creativity Hi everyone! First post on TED.com, these talks strongly influenced my ideology but I'm also skeptical to many things and Sir Robinson's presentation is one of them. I am, by nature, opposing to anything before proven wrong. So, I do agree with preserving and encouraging kids into more creative activities and I am sure that in many ways educational systems (around the world) not just "kill" creativity but rather indoctrinate young minds. BUT don't you think that the new creativity and art is just an excuse to go around the "hard" subjects?! I mean take a tour through universities (at least US & Canada) most of the students want to do something art-related, they would not even care about geography, history, physics, math. They learn about the Dark Ages in Europe and ask what was going on in America at the time. An atom is an RSS feed, etc. I mean shouldn't there be a standard and common level of knowledge everybody should have first and then pursue other preferred subjects? PERSONALLY, I think that nowadays students give up science for art simply because science is harder to comprehend and art is more fun. It's like the fight between evolution and creationism - why is creationism becoming so popular nowadays? Simple, would would listen to the arguments of an evolutionist who speaks about microbiology, gene mutation, deoxyribonucleic acid, etc? It's so much simpler to believe in creation and let your imagination go wild, right? I would also like to prove another point - KIDS DON'T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT THEY WANT (NOR WHAT IS GOOD OR BAD FOR THEM) AND SOMETIMES NEED TO BE PUSHED IN A BIT. Personal example: At the age of 5 before going to school I was reading and writing in basic English (not my native language). At age 6 I was playing the piano and conversing in English. At age 7 I was called "maestro" and gave piano performances in front of thousands of people. I liked learning a new language but I hated the piano with a passion at the beginning, the professor refused to doing any lessons and I was kicked out a few times. Then I started liking it and I was the best. GUESS WHAT, I was "forced" to take piano lessons by my parents. In conclusion, don't let creativity and art be an excuse for something else.