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Why real creativity is based on knowledge | Tim Leunig | TEDxWhitehall
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Added Oct 17, 2016
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Educationalist and historian Tim Leunig takes on Sir Ken Robinson, with a witty and erudite riposte to the famous claim that schools are killing creativity. He argues that world-changing ideas, from the Industrial Revolution to the present, are based on knowledge. This in turn is enabled by literacy, a skill passed on by parents and teachers all over the world.

Tim Leunig is a civil servant and academic. He is chief analyst and chief scientific adviser at the [UK] Department for Education, and economic adviser on housing supply at the Department for Communities and Local Government. He is also Associate Professor of Economic History at the LSE, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Statistical Society. He is a governor of NIESR and a trustee of EPI. Tim holds a PhD in Economics


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