Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sir Ken Robinson - Do Schools Kill Creativity?

I think I posted this video way back in January. But now it has been assigned and I have to respond to it. I actually love this video. 

I love when he says that "kids are willing to take a chance. If they don't know, they'll have a go." 
He then shares a great quote:  "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso
Sir Ken says "we don't grow into creativity, we grow out of it."

 I love his anecdotes about Shakespeare having been in someone's English class. "Try harder."

Hierarchy of Subjects across the World:
Top -  Math & Languages
Middle -  Humanities (Social Studies & Science)
Bottom - Arts 
Within Arts
Top - Art & Music
Bottom - Drama & Dance

Why don't we spend as much time teaching Dance as we do teaching Math? Children dance all the time if they're allowed to. We all have bodies! Unless I missed a memo?"

As children grow up we start to teach them from the waist up, and then we focus on their heads, and slightly to one side. He concludes that the main goal of our Education systems are to create . . .University Professors. 

Academic Ability is what is valued in school and children are steered away from art, and music and creative endeavors. Now we have kids with college degrees heading home to play video games because a college degree isn't worth anything anymore. 

Yet Human intellegince is DIVERSE. 
We think about things the way we experience them:
In Sound
In Abstract Terms

Human Intelligence is Dynamic

Human Intelligence is Distinct

I agree with his ideas for reorganizing the way our education system to encourage creativity in children rather than discouraging it.  It is one of my goals as a teacher, to include as many ways for children to learn and grow and express themselves and prove what they have learned. While encouraging them to write neatly and spell words correctly and use their brains to do math and understand what good citizenship really is.

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