Our current system of education judges individuals against a preconceived idea of the optimal academic mind. In this RSA Animate video Sir Ken Robinson claims that our conformist method of education is antiquated, and needs to be updated if we are to reach our full potential.

Robinson illustrates how our children are “living in the most intensely stimulating period in . . . history, . . . they are being besieged with information and cause for their attention from every platform, and we are penalizing them for getting distracted from boring stuff at school”.

Robinson then shows how our need to anesthetize our children in school inhibits creativity and their ability to think out of the box, preventing our children from reaching their full potential. It is perhaps now more than ever that creativity, and ones ability to think laterally, is most valuable. If we are to succeed we must get ourselves ahead of the game; how can we do this if all we know is conformity?