Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Creativity MUST be allowed to live in education

“We say to children, ‘Don’t do art. You’re not going to be an artist.’ Interestingly, we don’t say, ‘Don’t do math. You’re not going to be a mathematician."

[from "Why professors don’t dance: Sir Ken Robinson on creativity", by Shelagh McNally.]

ken robinson speaks to us about creativity in education and what a legend he is - witty, insightful - the master presenter. he will have you hanging on his every word... unless of course you feel his message is somehow threatening [?]

;>) [Photo by Luigi d’Astolofo]

it's ideas like Sir Ken's that keep my passion for teaching alive.
and in relation to the business world, where Sir Ken is also a respected consultant, he has to say...

"Businesses everywhere have to compete in a world that's changing faster than ever. To keep pace they need people who can consistently generate new ideas and adapt to constant change. Many companies say it's getting harder to find these people. One of the major reasons is education. All over the world, formal education systematically suppresses creative thinking and flexibility."
http://www.principalvoices.com/voices/ken-robinson-white-paper.html

9 comments:

Kitty Kat said...

hmm this time the first paragraph is the one that taught me the mos.
Are you getting sick of me posting comments about how much i learn from your posts because if you are i'll stop.......;.)

Mr Woody said...

yes, it's a great paragraph. and no, i would never want you to stop expressing your interest in learning.
8>)

primprim said...

i think that this post means a lot.

Skipper Bob said...

that is interesting i wonder why

Anthony said...

Why is there still google video if google bought youtube?

Mr Woody said...

antos - they probably don't need to lose one just cos they bought the other - have two entities competing in the marketplace to get extra customers, etc. do economics at high school and marketing/business studies at uni to find out?

Miss Candy said...

skipper bob get a blog!!

cheeseboy said...

is tha foto of luigi d'Astolofo and how did u get tha pic.
i think that that paragraph is really good and teaches a lot

Mr Woody said...

cheese boy - read it again please - look for the key word which will you seem to have missed... 'by'

and miss candy - skipperbob isn't allowed so leave her alone. it's great that she is here commenting.
8>)