Do Schools Kill Creativity

1260 WordsJul 19, 20156 Pages
Do Schools Kill Creativity? TED is a non-profit organization that serves to present ideas that are worth spreading through strong rhetoric and persuasive appeals. In his eminent Ted Talk, Sir Ken Robinson discusses how public education systems today disregard creativity as an important component within the academic growth of students. Robinson focuses on the importance of creativity by creating a variety of arguments, which persuades the audience to take action upon this heavily ignored issue. His use of pathos, ethos, and logos makes an entertaining case for creating an education system that nurtures rather than undermines creativity. Throughout his speech, Robinson emphasizes pathos by his use of humor and discussion of personal…show more content…
When discussing this hierarchy he makes two valid points that convinces the audience that what he speaks about is true. First, he points out that within this hierarchy the most useful subjects for work are at the top. He mentions how children were turned away from activities they enjoyed because they were conditioned to believe that those activities will not grant them a job in the future. For example, if a child enjoys playing the guitar he or she should not continue to pursue this activity because a career as a musician is highly unrealistic for them. The second point he makes is that the entire hierarchy is based on academic ability. Academic ability has come to dominate our view of intelligence because universities have been designed with that image in mind. He specifies this when he says, “If you think of it, the whole system of public education around the world is a protracted process of university entrance (Do Schools Kill Creativity).” For this reason many brightly, talented individuals are being rejected by universities because the thing they were good at it in school did not matter. This ethos appeal persuades the audience to believe of the displeasing points Sir Ken Robinson makes and changes their judgment in regards to the public education system as a whole. Moreover, the ethos appeal discussed within this speech does no t only persuade audiences for a “call to action” by the points given by Robinson but also by his
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