British education reformer Sir Ken Robinson’s lecture on how schools are killing creativity is based around a charming anecdote about a doctor in the 1930s who, instead of medicating a struggling pupil, nurtured her love of dancing instead.
Anderson cites some excruciating examples in his book TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking. Take the “famed author and business consultant” who claimed the main reason a series of businesses had made giant leaps forward is that they had hired his consultancy services. But when prompted, he was reluctant to – or couldn’t – elaborate on the precise thinking behind his methods.
Considerably more successful was British education reformer Sir Ken Robinson’s lecture on how schools are killing creativity, which he based around a charming anecdote about a doctor in the 1930s who, instead of medicating a struggling pupil, nurtured her love of dancing instead. After he urged her parents to send her to a dance school, that young girl grew up to be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s choreographer Gillian Lynne. Since making his presentation in 2006, Robinson’s speech has become the most viewed talk on the TED website, having been downloaded an impressive 35 million times.
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