So again, I am a little late on the uptake. But Ally shared a video with me of a speech in 2006 about the education system and creativity. I couldn’t figure out how to put It is a speech given by Sir Ken Robinson and you can read more about him here. The speech is kind of lengthy but quite funny and worth watching—plus listening to an English accent is always lovely.
To put his speech into one sentence, his main idea is that “creativity, now, is as important in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” I think this is a novel idea, one that should really be taken to heart in our education system. I wouldn’t say that Robinson bashes the system when he does this but he does present a better way of teaching that might ruffle a few feathers. He really does say it best and I can only comment on his ideas. So please watch it, if you would, by clicking on this link:
I do see teaching as a career down the line in my future and I find myself agreeing with what Robinson is saying. It was mind-opening, in a way, to take a step back from my fourteen years of education and look at it through the lens he suggests.
Also, I found the crushing of creativity in children upsetting, which I know happens today, however unconsciously it may come from the older person because I have seen it happen to young kids and I remember those moments of berating myself. I’m sure everyone has been told to “not do it that way, do it this way” and now that I think of it, although it may sound cliché, it is almost as if “coloring inside the lines” was another way of stifling creativity. It sounds kind of dramatic, I admit, but it gets the point across.
I don’t think Robinson is seeking to accuse any one or any system of failing society and the generations because of the education system. No, I think he is more advocating the awareness of the subject and seeking to share his ideas and thoughts in hopes that one by one, teacher by teacher—because, in fact, we are all teachers in some capacity—we strongly promote creativity by allowing more opportunities for being creative, instead of subtly smothering it.