Creativity is not an "add-on" but calls for radical change in our schools from Music Center IC on Vimeo.
Here are some highlights from Sir Ken Robinson on creativity:
- Creativity is a natural capacity in all of us.
- Poverty is not lead to an absence of creativity, but it does inhibit the opportunities children have to further develop and grow their creativity.
- Creativity is not an "add-on". You don't develop creativity by having a "creativity hour".
- If you take creativity seriously, that's a different sort of education and will require radical change on most fronts.
- If the current system were working, there would be no need to change it - depending on where you look, there is currently a 30% to 50% drop out rate.
- The school-to-prison pipeline is growing. We are failing our children more than they could fail us.
- When you have a 30% drop out rate, you can no longer blame the kids. This is a systems problem, not a kid problem.
- Focusing on creativity & imagination might be the best way to engage learners.
- A narrow curriculum helps learners figure out what they are not good at -- a broad curriculum encourages engagement and standards go up.
- Standardized tests have become the culture of public education.
- Children have become fodder for test scores.
- All the successful programs that re-engage learners into education are personal in nature -- we should do this in the first place.
- Finland has one of the most successful education systems and they have a very broad curriculum.
- Finland has high standards not because they focus on them remorselessly and exclusively but because they don't.
- Being creative is a way of doing everything more effectively.