Sir Ken Robinson gives a 20-minute lecture exploring how we created an educational system that stamps out creativity in favor of conformity. Education, he argues, is the biggest tool we have to prepare children for the future — yet we can't even predict what the future will look like five years from now.
Instead, schools focus almost entirely on academic ability, which rejects creativity and creative people. Shouldn't we be more creative when it comes to problem-solving?
This is one of the earliest TED talks and remains the most popular. Robinson's message about the rigidity of academia and how we should be valuing creativity as a means of measuring intelligence is important.
Robinson died on Aug. 21, 2020. This TED Talk propelled him to viral fame and gained him worldwide attention.