Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Technology, Entertainment, Design = TED.com . If you have not visited Ted.com, you have been missing a wealth of knowledge on modern and historical issues. I have been a listening for over three years. In fact, by using Itunes, you can RSS feed and never visit the website. Then just read the description, click and download the ones you want and forget the others. Ituens then downloads and you can put them on your ipod. Listen while you workout, walk, work on the computer or whatever you do as you listen to your Ipod. One of my personal favorites: Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools Kill Creativity? Give it a listen and then tell me what you think about his comments.
4/26/2010 04:23:36 pm
A very entertaining and eye opening presentation. Sir Ken Robinson's observation of the hierarchy of subjects (math and science far above anything having to do with the arts) is all too common. We push math and sciences heavily in schools so we (in theory) can be competitive with the rest of the world. However we sacrifice out creative, which is my music programs and the like are the first cut in school programs. I also agree with the heavy emphasis on how failure is to be taught to be absolute unacceptable kills the creative process. Children are not afraid to be wrong; they shrug it off and try again with a different approach. It is the adults who push the fear of failure onto the child because the adults cannot face their own fears of being wrong. We are just now coming to accept the student who is doodling or daydreaming in class as learning through different means when before teachers would scold them as not paying attention which is one of the major mistakes teachers never recognized.
4/28/2010 12:07:47 am
I thinking encouraging creativity has a lot to do with cultivating a friendly environment where it is welcome. Creative students are often beat down by others who simply don’t care. But I can’t help but think that teachers are at fault for this, and it isn’t even their fault. College teaches us that the way the smartest people learn is to sit in a class and listen to a lecture. Teachers complete 4 years of this style of learning (well, 4 if you’re lucky!) and then are expected to somehow break free of it once inside the classroom. College doesn’t allow much creativity, though I can only speak for my department. It really is a joke. I sat through 15 weeks of lecture last semester on how students do not learn from lectures. I left more confused than ever. If education is to go in this direction, college must change how it does business.
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