My favorite TED Talk

As a child, I dreamed of being an astronaut, a rock star, a firefighter. I also dreamed of being an engineer (even though I did not know they were called engineers at that time) to create a flying car that would fly based on magnetism (should I have followed that way?) And, umm, an archaeologist. It made no sense to study archeology in Brazil at that time — since there was only one program in the Northeast of the country, far from home — but I was passionate about the history of early civilizations. I still am, actually. But archeology would not lead me to make money, since the only way to work in this area in Brazil would be to become a teacher. And I definitely did not want this for my life.

Ah, life, you’re a joker… 😂

I ended up moving towards information technology, information systems and, later, management and strategy. And I became a teacher.

(un)Fortunately, this creative flame — which I call my rebellious teenage side — has remained alive and I ended up using a little bit of this flame in my work to this day — and I hope it stays that way.

Given this context, there is a TED Talk that eventually became my favorite one: I introduce you Sir Kenneth Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity

It is obvious that I want my children to go to university, to take those hard sciences diplomas, to be successful professionally and financially. But I also want them to be happy, healthy, to dance — and not to be a robot like their father — and to be creative, imaginative, dreamy.

It is not only a matter of rethinking schools, or teaching, but also it’s a matter of reflecting on what parents, teachers, families, students and society expect from these citizens in training.

To think about…


Originally published at Blog do Prof. Sergio Seloti.Jr.

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