Analysis Of Sir Ken Robinson's 'TED Talk'

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According to Google, creativity is defined as “the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.” In his TED Talk, which is one of “the most popular talks of all time”, Sir Ken Robinson discusses how public education systems degrade creativity as an essential component within the academic growth of all students. Robinson is a creativity expert and an author who writes books about creativity in school systems. His expertise in the field of school systems and creativity justifies his opinion on the subject. Robinson concentrates on the significance of creativity by creating a variety of strong arguments. His main contention is that “creativity now is as important in education as literacy” (Robinson).…show more content…
Firstly, he uses humor to begin his TED talk while also grasping the audience’s attention. One story that he told in the beginning, is about a six-year-old girl who never payed attention in drawing class but one day she decided she would. The teacher shocked at the site of this, goes over to ask the young girl what she was illustrating and the girl replied and said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” The teacher tells her that no one knows what God looks like but the girl opposes to this and says, “They will in a minute.” He then goes on to tell the story of when he was a college professor and what he observed, regarding creativity, during his career. Robinson passionately believes that “we don’t grow into creativity; we grow out of it. Or rather, we get educated out of it (Do Schools Kill Creativity).” Therefore, while working as a professor at the university, he noticed that many professors are one sided by placing all their focus on one perspective of a subject without seeing it any other way. Robinson asserts this claim when he states, “There 's something curious about professors in my experience -- not all of them, but typically, they live in their heads. They live up there, and slightly to one side (Do Schools Kill Creativity).” It is humorous to think that professors, metaphorically, “live in their heads” yet, it patently reveals the fact that public education systems tend to be one sided when creating a standard curriculum. Students who have outstanding creativity skills will never be recognized for their talent because teachers and professors fear that changing the system will diminish the academic success of students. Through his use of pathos, he persuades the audience of how educators act in regards to the implementation of creativity in public school
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