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Is creativity as important as literacy?

Here’s another wonderful talk from Sir Ken Robinson about creativity and education. After watching it, please respond to the poll below.

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  1. Natasha Jacobs
    April 27, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Isidore Rabi, winner of a Nobel Prize for physics, was once asked why he became a scientist. He replied: “My mother made me a scientist without ever knowing it. Every other child would come back from school and be asked, ‘What did you learn today?’ But my mother used to say, ‘Izzy, did you ask a good question today?’ That made the difference. Asking good questions made me into a scientist.”

  2. April 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The Waldorf website cites some good studies on the critical importance of play/imagination—> creativity in childhood and negative effects of the system of education.


  3. April 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Forowarded from Sue Atkins, PhD Education (Methodology & Statistical Analysis) University Hawaii

    Ariel’s idea is exciting. In the ideal world, students would be self-motivated and self-directed in their pursuit of knowledge, and their self-directed education would put them in a position to take their place in society and make a contribution (as well as make a living/support themselves). I see her project as participating in the “dynamic tension” between students pursuing their passions and students receiving an education that enables them to participate appropriately in society.

    The new educational tools available to learners present exciting possibilities for students to learn independently and collaboratively, and I believe students will be more excited to learn this way than through the use of traditional textbook-based education. A teacher who can help students to use these new tools can change the face of education.

    There are a few grammatical errors on her blog, but this may not be important, depending on her audience. I think most or all of them could be resolved with the use of a grammar-checking program.

    I will be interested to see how this project progresses!”

    • May 5, 2011 at 2:45 am

      I like the idea of a “dynamic tension” between students’ passions and their formal education. It seems as though the current system is not in balance, unless your passion happens to be math, science, language arts, or social studies. I don’t know anything about economic theory, but I do know that diversity is an essential ingredient in ecology. I would imagine that a “healthy” economy is diverse enough to accommodate a range of niches so people can thrive. With standards and assessments we continuously narrow the educational experiences of today’s students. How can they be expected to carve out a niche if we have trained them all to do exactly the same thing? We can’t all occupy the same space. Our economic future would not be sustainable for very long. These are just my thoughts.

      As for grammar, there does not appear to be a grammar checker in wordpress. None of these posts are meant to be formally edited. They are “live” thoughts, ready for remixing and revisions.

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