23 October 2011

Creative Education

I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but the excitement was too much.

Have you seen this? Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is one of the world's leading proponents of creativity and imagination in schools. I came across another TED Talk he gave (here) some time ago, and was hugely inspired by his dreams for the future.

I realized just today that the lethargy and frustration I've been experiencing in school since the very beginning of high school and up to this very moment is due to my disinterest in what is being taught. Yes, there are classes here and there that completely captivate my attention, but they are few and far between. The last one I was exceptionally interested in was my playwriting class in the fall of last year. I so wish I could take more creative classes, but my status as a transfer student limits the flexibility in my schedule to graduation.

I have always been interested in art and working with children. As the years pass, I find that my resolution to do what I can to change a failing education system and follow my heart toward an artistic career are growing stronger; excitingly, my discovery of art journaling, passion for creativity, and my growing knowledge of and indignation at the consequences of inequality in education opportunities are not incompatible. My passion for these, however, is causing me to be ever eager to leave university and do something instead of simply reading about it.

Education is so important, my lovelies; so too is creativity. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the successes and failures of education in your own lives and how creativity has affected you - whether you were told you were never going to be an artist, you found yourself through art, or (is it possible?) you never gave it a second thought.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." /Albert Einstein

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Romantic Heroine said...

I totally agree with you ingrid. education and creativity are the key to a happy life (and a few others as well). I have to admit, that my creativity as a child was always judged by teachers who thought to know how I had to draw/paint. I never lost my love to art, but, always think, that all the things I create aren't good enough - a pitty, actually. So you're quote fits perfectly to my experiances.

love your resources, too. During my A-levels, I learned more about Waldorf and it was quite interessting to learn more about rudolf steiner and his education.
But some people think his theory is out of touch with the real world.

Michele said...

I love this quote! Beautiful!

Rhiannon said...

Wow! That was an incredible video! I absolutely despised school; which is why I dropped out at 16 (the legal age in NZ when you can opt out of going to school). I found that I was asking myself the question "why am I here" all the time. I enjoyed some subjects (creative writing in English & Geography) but I never found anything else to be that interesting. Me and school just didn't 'gel' towards the end.

I actually ended up going back to school 6 months after I dropped out to try and pass one more year but ended up dropping out again just before the exams. Why you might ask? I get used to get incredibly bad anxiety over tests; to the point I wouldn't leave the house. This is an extreme example, but the point is that not everyone is able to perform to their best on these standardised tests. And that’s the whole point right? To do your best on these tests and judge your academic capabilities.

The New Zealand education system has been under a lot of scrutiny since it launched NZQA back in early 2000. I found it to be very hard to follow and the questions in these standardised tests are very ambiguous. You came out of exams having no idea whether you passed or not. Something needs to change.

Oh my; look what happens when I get started talking about things like this haha---

So to cut this long comment short; education system needs to change (and awesome video!!)


Kelly Zarb said...

Its so funny I stumbled across this because my aunty sent me this video awhile ago and I totally agree on it too!! People need to let children be who they want to be and grow and nuture there talents.


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