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I gave a talk at Serendipity Hall on March 26th, 2012. Serendipity Hall is a Queen's University-based seminar series where speakers are encouraged to talk about an issue outside of their area that ...

I gave a talk at Serendipity Hall on March 26th, 2012. Serendipity Hall is a Queen's University-based seminar series where speakers are encouraged to talk about an issue outside of their area that they feel passionately about. This can include cycling, men's formalwear, probability theory or the health benefits of yoga.

I talked about my experiences in higher education, and how I feel that the current system kills creativity. We have serious problems in the way that we evaluate students, and our culture around mistakes. I was deliberately provocative to try and create discussion afterwards.

Big thanks to Asad Chishti for inviting me to speak here (http://asadchishti.com/), and Chi Yan Lam for the picture of the Queen's Undergraduate Science students (http://chiyanlam.com/).

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  • Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAt-3Yk2u80&feature=player_embeddedPart 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=LV-QxCPJe1Ahttp://www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen/2008/09/education-killing-creativity.htmlhttp://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.htmlhttp://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.htmlhttp://fabumed.net/medicina/education-hacks-schools-kill-creativity-sir-ken-robinson/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=player_embedded
  • Creativity = music, arts, dramaAcademic = critical, precise, intellectual
  • Life is not a multiple choice exam

Serendipity Hall - Cardboard Boxes Serendipity Hall - Cardboard Boxes Presentation Transcript

  • Atif Kukaswadia @MrEpidwww.MrEpidemiology.com
  • “Education”
  • Life Sciences’ Mandate  The ability to:  gather, assimilate and apply knowledge  synthesize new ideas  innovate  solve problems A knowledge of the life sciences:  a broad knowledge base  in depth expertise in one field  an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Who is good at science?How do we treat mistakes?
  • The measuring stick for ability 
  • To succeed in science  Memorize Regurgitate Repeat
  • Sir Ken Robinson
  • You can’t afford to make mistakes
  • Here’s the situation  Highly competitive youth Stakes are incredibly high Your future depends on doing well
  • VS
  • “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” Albert Einstein
  • We encourage being-pushed-right-up-against-the-edge-of-the-box thinking
  • Or we’ll be forced to change later
  • Your Experiences?  Atif Kukaswadia atif.ak@gmail.com @MrEpid www.MrEpidemiology.com