Saturday, November 5, 2011

On Stifling Creativity

In preparation for a presentation that Allen is filming for work, he has been watching TED talks. When he came across this one, he showed it to me - and it struck a chord in both of us. It really made us think about what we may be doing to stifle our kids' creativity and how we can change that.

I'd love to hear what you think.


A Lark said...

I loved this! Thanks for sharing. I really believe we need to foster creativity and the differing strengths of children. Yet, as a teacher, I feel like my hands are tied by "the system". I am hoping the "common core" that many states are adopting will have more room for creativity in education.

Brown Thumb Mama said...

Hahaha! "How would you like to be Shakespeare's English teacher?!?"

But truly--how many dancers, musicians, artists, mechanics, carpenters, etc are labeled and put on medicine because they can't conform to the public education system? Very thought-provoking talk.

Anaise said...

I've never listend to a Sir Ken Robinson talk that I didn't like. My favorites are the ones that someone illustrates as he speaks--the illustrations are done in time lapse so that they are perfectly synchronized with his talk. I wish I knew how to direct you to them.

Anyway, there is no way to reply to this in a sentence or two. It is only one of the many reasons I keep my children home for their education. But I would say that based on your posts about your children that creativity runs rampant at your house!!! :)

Michael said...

We've been following Sir Ken Robinson for a while now, he is a genius.