Representing Ideas Worth Spreading Essay

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In 1984, a conference was held where technology, entertainment, and design converged. This brought about the creation of the TED Platform. TED Talk has been well known for sharing “ideas worth spreading,” just as their motto states. They live up to this reputation through speeches such as Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about schools killing creativity. However, what made Robinson’s speech worth spreading? Sir Ken Robinson’s talk became so popular because of the general acceptance of school corruption throughout society. This struck people to respond with their own personal viewpoints of school systems. Although, Robinson’s points were similar in many ways to my own, his approach towards solutions could have been more elaborate.
To give a detailed break down, it is best to begin with how Robinson’s speech became so popular. Obviously, speeches become popular when they are favorable, or sweet sounding to the audiences ears. However, what made Robinson’s speech so favorable? His speech was liked so much because he addressed schools limiting students abilities (Robinson). It has been well known that people are not completely satisfied with the current educational system, so it is easy to agree with his points. People also have a tendency to want to complain about something, so his speech gave them license to complain.
However, the general acceptance of his topic was not the only reason why it was liked. Robinson gave very well-thought and respectable points during his speech. For example, Robinson addressed schooling systems killing creativity by teaching people to be afraid of being wrong. As Robinson pointed out, “children are not afraid to tackle problems they are unfamiliar with.” He explained through a story about when a kid in a play improvised when the speakers went out of order. The kid’s improvisation was not close to being accurate, but it made the people laugh and the play got back on track (Robinson). This was because the kid was not afraid to answer things that that they are unaware of.
Coincidently, people start becoming afraid of being wrong as they move through their lives. Schools drill into students’ minds that they need to be right, and eventually, they become too scared of the possible reactions when they are wrong (Robinson). This limits their potential because they are too afraid to go out and discover their talents in the case they will fail. This discussion gave the people listening a better understanding as to why they are being limited. They openly accepted Robinson’s words because they hit home for nearly all of them ("Speakers”).
For instance, people agreed with Robinson’s statement that mathematics and language arts being labeled superior. He stated that all subjects should instead be labeled equally throughout the school system (Shepherd). Unfortunately, Robinson could not please everyone. A big discussion was brought up about Robinson saying Mathematics was not creative. Many people believed that all subjects should be...

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