Creativity is as important now in education as literacy


How could we rethink our education system and let children develop their native creative capabilities?

Sir Ken Robinson uses many humor stories and examples to restate this thought-provoking argument, we should treat the creativity and the literacy as the same status when we educate our children.

He mentions that our currant education systems are educating children out of creativity but become more fear about making mistakes.

Traveled around the world, Sir Ken Robinson notices that almost all the education systems have similar hierarchy, the one that puts Mathematics and Literacy on the very top level but puts the drama and dance subjects at the bottom level, with humanities in the middle. Why all the education systems focus on the brain instead of the body education? As one reason, Sir Ken Robinson points that we are mining our brain in the ways we strip-mine the earth. The students who graduated from this system are produced to be a commodity, a skilled worker, or a university professor.

Before industrialism, there was no public education system. That means nowadays, the education system is focusing on the subjects of getting a good job.

On the other hand, who is the designer our public education? yes, the university professors. They design the system by the imagines in their heads. ..


I was shocked a little by the story of Gillian Lynne. Sir Ken Robinson uses this story to talk about the distinct of creative capacity.

How sad it would be if her mother did not take her to the expertise instead of using medication on her.

But unfortunately, I think we will still have a long way to go. In the wake of developed countries, more and more people put a spotlight on the children and highlight the importance of education. But the fast-changing economic societies make us too busy to be a wise teacher or parent.

Without doubt, we should pay more attention to recognize and cultivate creativity capacities. But even though we agree with this statement ideologically, it is still very hard to it into practice. Admittedly, we cannot live alone, we have to survive in this competitive environment firstly, after all.

So hopefully, we will have a more hospitable environment for the children to develop their own creative capabilities in the near future, instead of just educating them to become a skilled worker.


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