Schools kill creativity

Written by Henrik – EyeOpenerWorks  

In his popular address on online innovation platform TED, British professor of education Ken Robinson describes how many schools around the world kill the creativity of their students. School prepares us for a world we don’t want to live in. We learn to think that development is linear process, full of rational people. A world where everybody is learned to have its’ place in an economy… The world is so much more than that. http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html You can watch an animated video of the same talk here with Vietnamese subtitle

 Sounds familiar? 

What do you remember from the place where you have probably spend a significant part of your life so far? Maybe this one teacher or that course you loved. It’s honest to say though that school is for many a ‘have to’ instead of ‘want to’.

What do you really want then?

That can be a difficult question. Many young professionals nowadays struggle with that. Expectations from parents, family and friends are not the least of your worries.

Maybe you are dreaming about starting your own company instead of having a boring desk job?
Or about making a difference?  

A scientific search shows that success is often defined by only two capacities: 1) intelligence and 2) willpowerAssuming number one is already present in you, number two is of crucial importance. Indeed, more and more evidence shows that training your capacity to do what you want on the long term is crucial for success; instead of being overwhelmed by short-term desires, fears, addictions, peer pressure, etc (Kelly McGonigal – The Willpower Instinct).

The good news is that you can developed this quite easy. It only takes 30 days to change a habit. And changing one habit in a way you really wish, automatically adds to all other willpower challenges as well.

You probably want to wake up fifty years from now to conclude that you really had a life you love. Life is an experiment. There are only two moments in life, now and too late.  So what are you waiting for? It is time to face your challenges and to take the next step. And you’re not alone out there. We invite your for joining our growing community of independent and likeminded young professionals that take care of themselves and others at the same time. Through experiential learning, combining theory and practice.  

Are you ready to take the next step….?!

Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you will live foreverMahatma Gandhi

School of Life Hanoi is opening its doors. We invite your for joining our growing community of independent and likeminded young professionals that take care of themselves and others at the same time. Through experiential learning, combining theory and practice.

Participants of I COMMIT, Vietnam - 2013

Participants of I COMMIT, Vietnam – 2013

Leadership training program in Laos

Leadership training program in Laos – 2013

Leadership training program in Laos - 2013

Leadership training program in Laos – 2013

Most Significant Change methodology in Kibera, the biggest slum in Kenya, organized by OOP - 2012

Most Significant Change methodology in Kibera, the biggest slum in Kenya, organized by OOP – 2012

A participants in OOP's training on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation 2.0 in Kenya

A participants in OOP’s training on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation 2.0 in Kenya – 2012

A participant of I COMMIT, Vietnam - 2013

A participant of I COMMIT, Vietnam – 2013

Two girls that are part of the Afar nomads in Ethiopia. Henrik visited them as part of a high school exchange program his organization facilitated called 'Going Global' - 2005

Two girls that are part of the Afar nomads in Ethiopia. Henrik visited them as part of a high school exchange program his organization facilitated called ‘Going Global’ – 2005

A participants in OOP's training on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation 2.0 in Kenya

A participants in OOP’s training on Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation 2.0 in Kenya – 2012

Exchange program of primary teacher students from Holland and India

(Taken in Bangalore, India) Exchange program of primary teacher students from Holland and India.

I Commit 1 training

Henrik Looij in a training for I COMMIT – 2013

About the writer

Henrik LooijHenrik is passionate about life- and entrepreneurial skills in a ‘glocal’ world. He has a background in scientific research (Human Geography and Planning) and in training/coaching. Work experiences and contacts in over 20 countries are a continuous source of inspiration for who he is and what he does. Next to consultancy work he is currently partner in four social enterprises.
It is his strong believe that everyone can do something to change the world for the better, it’s just a matter of beginning.

Trang Nguyen

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Communication officer at CSDS

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