Lawrence Krauss: We Need to Teach Kids Creative Thinking

25 thoughts on “Lawrence Krauss: We Need to Teach Kids Creative Thinking”

  1. I taught my son how to read when he was still 14 months old. At the start, I assumed he might be a bit young but I gave it a try and followed this reading guide “fetching loli only” ( ). Now at Two years and 4 months, he can read a whole book on his own!

  2. Don't bring in too many languages i always have problems with every kid in the world some kind of single world language should be developed that anyone can talk.

  3. 2:22 "Testing always inevitably means that you teach students to able to do tests."
    This is the ultimate truth and bane of the education system. The ones who are saved from this death spiral of focusing on tests, come out as great researchers and innovators while the rest are forced to join the herd.

  4. the hilarious thing is that the best engineers and researchers in the U.S. are Chinese and Indians nowadays. LOL

  5. People aren't against "a common core" per say, especially for the basic things you mention. People are against THE common core program that we currently have, which is what it will always be in out current system. What Lawrence so plainly proposed here is what everyone would like to see but it is only in my utmost idealistic imagination where that's a reality. In a capitalist democracy such as this one, especially with the specific kind of corruption we have today, winds will always too heavily blow in other non-sensible directions for reasons which have nothing to do with the intended purpose or what's otherwise set out to be done. Within our current system, yes, I am COMPLETELY against common core. Unfortunately, as sensible as a common core solution may be, it is not possible to be done right. Everything else of course I fully agree with.

  6. I don't believe that "Creative Thinking" can be taught or learned. It can only be allowed to occur, or it can be stymied. Questions are natural things for individuals to pose to others, or even to themselves. An answer to a question, that is answerable with the available information, right or wrong, is the natural occurrence that should follow a question. Creative Thinking happens when an unorthodox, however still potentially correct answer can be offered in response to a question.
    What seems to often be the case is when an alternative and "Creative" answer is offered to a question, it is immediately rejected out of hand as being wrong because it doesn't fit what has been accepted in the past. This to me is where we fail because we have been programmed to fail.
    I take the term "outside of the box" to describe Creative Thinking. In fact, one is supposedly encouraged to "think outside of the box." However, if one actually becomes "Creative" and poses real questions or real answers with respect to things that are supposed "proven science"… wrong again.
    We must allow and encourage Creative Thinking to happen. I honestly don't believe that we can "teach" it. With the exception of rudimentary education, Common Core has no place in education, unless of course your intent is to create automatons who are all programmed with the same data, correct or incorrect.

  7. This man is a horrible spokesman for education. His whole argument falls apart when he says "education is about protecting students from their parents." Speaking as a teacher and someone who believes critical thinking, I don't think my goal is to protect students from their parents. I've never heard something to reckless and dangerous in regards to education.

  8. So this isn't a video about creative thinking but rather a defense of common core. And it's also a slam at home schoolers. Then he even briefly says that the basics are needed (which means traditional teaching of the three R's).  Would rather see him emphasize methods of exploring imagination in education. But looks like he would rather push an agenda. Bad form.

  9. I think critical thinking/problem solving would be a difficult thing to assess, at least more so than fact-checking. I can hear the school boards complaining already… regardless, the change must occur. Also, inspiring children to want to be inquisitive, ethical, and intelligent members of society is equally if not more important. There is a brilliant quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." This has not only been my anecdotal experience, but I have read of a study that found children who were interested in a topic of study retained more information later and learned quicker. We have seen so many advances in neuroscience since educational reform concerning how we learn and how we might learn more intelligently (to increase time-efficiency and retention), and yet we haven't incorporated them on a mass scale. We are very simply outdated.

  10. Here a brilliant scientist and educator highlights the weakest leg of our current education system, and shares the fundamentals of how we might set it right.

  11. Why is Krauss on war with philosophy then? Philosophy is the discipline of critical thinking, reasoning and the art to ask good and critical questions.

  12. Bill Nye is a smart person but he makes no sense. Accepting evolution has NOTHING to do with being a great scientist.

  13. The reason for tests is to divide the children into groups. One part of this group have "succeded", one group have "failed" and the rest are in between. It is not about education, but rather that we do not have resources to send every kid to college. It is just another part of being in a predator like civilication. And the politicians do not give a rats ass it it is a good way to teach children.

    For me, my breakthrough came when I was curious why a light rock and a heavy rock in free fall had the same speed. So I read about Galleleo and Newton becaus I was Intressted, not becaus of grades! And o'boy how mutch I learned! This is what we should teach children, to be curious and how to ask questions correctly. Not about grades and answering questions only. It is counter productive.

  14. Woody Allen……best thing for you to do is stay away from our kids! You have no evidence there is no God, nothing. Just because you can talk in circles and orate nonsense with no real facts….does not make you credible in anything but BULLSHITE. "If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, then baffle them with Bullshit."

  15. Love this guy. Thing is kids haven't got time to ask questions. Most of them are getting far to much homework and as a result are on a melt down. Make it a subject.

  16. good at passing tests is the only path for a person to get a decent job in China.So it is about adapting environment than to be a good researcher here.

  17. Once again, Lawrence Krauss hands me a detail I hadn't yet considered.  In this case, in only slightly altered by opinion.  I absolutely agree that academic standards with regard to core subjects are vital, but Common Core ONLY seems to focus on those.  What good is a democratic Republic in the hands of future voters who have been taught WHAT to think but never HOW to think?

  18. As an M.Ed I must say I agree completely with Lawrence. Standardized tests only test how a student performs on that day. Basing an entire academic future upon a test that gives different result whenever taken and ignores outside distractions does not demonstrate learning has occurred. Accountability for student involvement is important; however, non-quantitative exams where the student demonstrate knowledge is far more effective in determining learning. However, this means a commitment to hiring educators that can review students progress instead of administration running scan-trons through a grading machines. True learning requires time and resources for teachers to determine if understanding has taken place on an individual level, this is does not seem to be important enough to our nation to invest in.

  19. 2:15 You are, of course, talking about summative testing. Formative testing is a useful tool and source of information; summative testing is, as you rightly say, a misleading carrot. Wholly endorse the points made in this video; encouraging to find them publicly aired.

  20. Having a core educational program that teaches people to think critically and solve real world problems necessary to function effectively within today's and tomorrow's society is essential. What is always missing is presenting the courses in an interesting, relevant, and friendly way instead of the usual egotistical condescending roll call of empirical statements and facts that alienate students  to the point of boredom, disinterest, and rejection of the subject matter as a whole. There should be a law that the presentation of courses being taught should be engaging, useful, and enjoyable.

  21. This is very true. Once I started employing critical thinking skills, not only did learning become easier, it became enjoyable.

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