Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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Insightful and extremely funny, Sir Ken Robinson, expresses the need  for creativity and arts in the lives of children. “All kids have tremendous talents…” he says. I agree. I also believe that we must give children opportunities to express and grow their talents. The question is: Do schools foster creativity?

Sir Robinson contends that “creativity now is as important in education as literacy.” We can have all the facts in the world stored in our minds, but without creative comprehension we will not know what to do with all that knowledge.

For example, I have worked at a medical university for six years now and what I have discovered in evaluating the students is that many, although they possess great aptitude for memorizing facts, solving mathematical calculations, and following instructions, they often lack the ability and desire to think strategically. There is an important creative reasoning component that is essential to the practice of medicine and it has almost disappeared entirely. We have future medical doctors simply going through the motions or a checklist in their heads. They are lacking innovation because “they are frightened of being wrong” (Sir Robinson). We can do better by these students by encouraging creative thinking.

Sir Robinson expresses this way better than I do, so watch below as he entertains you with his British accented wit and wisdom on the importance of creativity in schools.

 

Walter Plume and the Dehydrated Imagination

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 11.07.20 AMWalter’s summer looks downright boring.

But before his imagination breathes its last breath, Walter stumbles into a mystical land–a land where he has magic! He soon finds himself facing off against the evil Ickabod Von Snot-hook in a battle that will change everything.

Funny, fast-paced, and full of surprises, this book is guaranteed to leave you laughing.

Get it on Amazon! http://amzn.to/1HURaHD

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