Education and Creativity

February 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

This guy.

When my husband called me over to his computer and said, ‘hey, come check out this cool video’, I cringed inside, expecting to see yet another zany commercial for Japanese noodles or the seventeenth installment of a Youtube meme. Instead, he showed me this TED talk about education and creativity.

Besides the fact that there’s an amusing British guy in it, it’s also a very engaging talk about how educations all over the world undervalue creativity and, in fact, tend to drain it out of kids before they get very far. As a teacher and a writer, the whole theme’s really stuck with me since I’ve seen it. How can we encourage kids to stay creative throughout their schooling years, even in a system that doesn’t always support that kind of thinking?

I’d love for you to watch the video and hear your thoughts. Aaaaaaand go.


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§ One Response to Education and Creativity

  • Carrie says:

    My opinion is absolutely cliche, but it seems like the only purpose for schools anymore is to churn out “good workers” groomed for our current ideal of what “success” is…going to college, getting an office job, making enough to have a house and 2 cars and 2.5 kids. We can’t make the necessary changes to education until our culture changes what we think success should be, which in turn will require a massive overhaul of our economy, and so on. Sorry, definitely in a pessimistic mood lately…

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