Sir Ken Robinson presented a very strong (and funny) case for encouraging creativity amongst students in schools, rather than undermining it, at the TED Conference last year.
There are many brilliant people whose talents have failed to be recognised in schools. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” he argues, by focusing too heavily on traditional “academic” subjects such as Mathematics, Languages and Humanities.
Sir Robinson also points out that students starting school last year (2006) will be retiring in 2065. “Nobody knows what the world will look like in 5 years time”, let alone 60 years, “yet we’re meant to be educating them for it”.