The Power of Creativity in Children


8:43 – 9:03

In this Ted Talk, Sir Ken Robinson discusses how primary education is eliminating the creative capabilities of children. ¬†He gives several examples of how children are more likely to take risks and are not afraid to be wrong but they are essentially educated out of their creative tendencies because of how school’s are structured. He states that there is a very narrow spectrum for opportunity and success and that few children are capable of being successful in such a system.


In this talk Robinson only uses oral and nonverbal communication to express his ideas. His presentation seems to not require any visuals because he discusses abstract ideas. His examples are short stories that come from him personally so any visual representation would most likely distract from what he is saying. Robinson speaks effectively throughout the presentation. His speech is clear and at the right pace. He pauses whenever the audience applauds or laughs at one of his jokes. This combined with subtle hand gestures makes his  presentation constantly interesting. Although for most of the lecture his hands are by his sides sometimes he move them around to emphasize a point.

Robinson uses a lot of humor in this lecture to express himself. His hand gestures help emphasize his jokes and certain parts of his stories which he uses as evidence for his argument. While the humor makes his monologue a bit unprofessional it feels appropriate for the kind of lecture he gives. Whenever he brings the speech back to his main point he always adopts a serious tone which is similar to that of a university professor teaching a class.

2 thoughts on “The Power of Creativity in Children”

  1. It’s interesting that Robinson chooses not to use visual imagery beyond his own person and his own gestures. Is there anything in the stories he uses to express his ideas that evokes the visual, even if he doesn’t use visual content itself? Could you tell us briefly about one of the particular stories he uses and explain what makes it effective?

  2. One of the stories he brings up is about a talented ballet choreographer that was brought to a psychologist because she was not able to sit still in class and wasn’t doing her homework. The doctor left the room to speak with her mother but turned the radio on before he left. He and her mother than watched her and after a couple of seconds she began to dance. The doctor told the mother that the girl wasn’t sick, she was a dancer and to take her to a dance school. I believe this story creates a great visual of what Robinson is trying to explain because it highlight’s how childhood is viewed by some adults. It is easy to imagine and empathize with the girl in the story which helps represent Robinson’s argument

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