Here's an interesting watch (for those interested):
(or, if you'd rather read/print it out here)
"Kids are not frightened of being wrong and what we do know is, if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. And by the time they get to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity. They have become frightened of being wrong.
We are now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make. And the result is that we are educating people out of their creative capacities.
We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it or rather that we get educated out of it.
Every education system on earth has the same hierarchy of subjects. It doesn’t matter where you go. At the top are Mathematics and Languages, then the Humanities, and at the bottom are the Arts. Everywhere on earth. And in pretty much every system too.
There’s a hierarchy within the Arts; Art and Music are normally given a higher status in schools than Drama and Dance. There isn’t an education system on the planet that teaches Dance everyday to children the way we teach them Mathematics. Why? Why not? Maths is very important, but so is dance. Children dance all the time if they are allowed to, will do.
Truthfully what happens is as children grow up we start to educate them progressively from the waist up and then we focus on their heads and slightly to one side.
If you were to visit education as an alien and say, ‘what is it for? Public education‘….Who really succeeds? Who does everything they should? Who gets all the Brownie points? Who are the winners? I think you’d have to conclude the whole purpose of public education, throughout the world, is to produce university professors, isn’t it?
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. They’re disembodied, you know, in a kind of literal way. They look upon their body as a form of transport for their heads...it’s a way of getting their heads to meetings."