Friday, August 21, 2009

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson was very entertaining and made interesting insights about creativity in the school system. Watching Sir Robinson gives this humorous and insightful view points on how kids have a thirst for things they like or love do. How we as adults try and control what areas of the curriculum kids should focus more of their learning experiences on. I can remember back in preschool and elementary days how they were small areas of designated time for the arts. Just to have the ability to simply create, whether you would be thinking about drawing building, dancing or even how to make school a more interesting and productive place that kids would want to come, would be a huge asset to that child's well being in the future. A few of Sir Ken Robinson's key points include, all kids have tremendous talent, kids will chances and the story of Gillan Lynne.
As Sir Robinson said, all kids have tremendous talent. Which is true and that creativity is of the up most importance in developing a child. I can honestly say that I do not really know what my talent or even purpose is here on earth. For me, its really hard to distinguish between what my capabilities could lead toward having a talent and based upon others as to what talent really is. One reminder that Sir Robinson said that was indeed ringing true, is that kids will take chances and that they are not afraid to be wrong. As kids grow older and experience the punishment of being wrong in the school system, such as kids laughing at you or being reprimand by a authority figure for not get a question correct, seriously plays an effect on that child's function later as an adult. We as adults, even college students have big hesitation to answering a question not right. How are we really to supposed to grasp the lessons in life if we never make mistakes and know that making those mistakes does not mean that I am not smart, talented or even just a good person.
The story of Gillan Lynne is very moving in the aspect of how we as a society want to fix everything and in her case, just because she was not excelling in math and science areas, could not pay attention for long and was fidgeting a lot in school meant in the eyes of her school that she must have a learning disability or in today we call it ADD. After being taken to a doctor, it turns out that "she moved to music"(Sir Robinson). That music helped her to think and there simply was not anything wrong with Gillan Lynne except she liked to dance.
Future educators of tomorrow should definitely look more at whether or not we are truly trying to develop a childs' creativity and talent for the better or just developing a child to be able to get job/career one day?

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