“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up”
I’ve been thinking a lot about creativity and education. How creativity seems to always be at the bottom of the importance list when it comes to schools. The Arts is always the first to be cut out when school budgets are tight, and I have never been able to understand that. Im not saying that other subjects should be cut out first either, but how the arts is thought of scares me. Without the arts programs, we end up with students that understand logic and logic alone. 1+1=2, and that theres only one way to get to that answer.
I’ve always said that one day people will come to realize how important creativity is. Without it we wouldn’t have the internet, computers, or anything really! Was there math, or science in the equation? yes, of course, but without thinking up the idea, being creative, there would have been no idea to work through. Not giving enough attention to creativity, allowing a child to be creative will eventually damage society. Imagine a world filled with black and white, and no gray areas.. actually no colored areas for that matter! How miserable and unexciting that would be!
Below is a TED video of Sir Ken Robinson and his talk on “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”. It is an excellent look on the lack of creativity and how the unpredictability of education is scary. He makes an excellent point that we need to create an education that nurtures creativity and that doesnt undermine it.
What are your thoughts on creativity and education? Do you believe it should be nurtured more?