I have been thinking about creativity. Â A few years ago I moderated a panel of experts on the topic of creativity at a Digital Education Leadership Conference. Â It really changed my views on creativity and made me realize just how important creativity is. Â Recently, two separate â€œcreativityâ€ moments prompted this blog.
â€œTodayâ€™s schools lack creative teaching and learning, study saysâ€ is the July 2nd, 2013 headline in eSchool News of an article by Managing Editor Laura Devaney. Â She writes about a 2013 study by Adobe of 4000 parents and educators (K-college) in the US, the UK, Australia and Germany (note the possible bias, but the facts do speak for themselves).
She writes, â€œA new survey reveals that creative teaching and innovative learning are stifled by an over-reliance on testing and assessment, forcing teachers to stay inside a restrictive curriculum that will limit studentsâ€™ ability to excel in the future workforce…
â€œâ€˜[T]ransformative changeâ€™ is needed to inject a creative boost into the current education system, and that despite a worldwide demand for creativity and creative thinking, todayâ€™s students are not prepared to enter a workplace that requires inventive thinking.â€
I get it. Â The demand for creativity and creative problem-solving is increasing, but we arenâ€™t preparing our students to be creative. Â Parents and educators agree that one of the reasons is too much testing and assessment. Â Another reason is that not all teachers know how to teach creativity or have the resources to do so. Â The article tell us that â€œ[A] majority of U.K. (17 percent), German (17 percent), and Australian (15 percent) educators said that their current education curriculum is the greatest barrier to teaching creativity in schools.â€ Â Yikes!
A few weeks ago I attended finalsite University and the keynote speaker was Erik Wahl, author of Unthink. Â (finalsite is our website company, and each year I go to their annual university. Â This year I gave a presentation – Emerging Trends in Proficiency-Based Education.)
Erik has a great website with some great videos that I think you will like.
In an excerpt from his new book Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius, he writes â€œWe secretly believe that creative genius is reserved for the chosen few – for the poets, the painters, the writers. Â The truth is that breakthrough creativity is in all of us.â€œ Â Â Wow! Â Could he be right?
I havenâ€™t read the whole book yet, but In Chapter Two of Unthink, he says, â€œAsk a roomful of five-year-olds how many are artists and every hand will shoot up. Â Ask a roomful of thirty-five-year-olds the same question and you get one reluctant hand.â€ Â Â I saw him get the same result when he asked us that question. Â Later he asks, â€œDo you remember when your days were governed by your imagination? Â You could be whoever and whatever you wanted. Â You could travel around the world–even beyond the world–at the drop of a thought.â€
Creativity is important, vital, the stuff of life. Â Think about creativity, and think about how education can be used to stifle creativity or enhance and nourish creativity.
Posted by marks on Monday July 29, 2013 at 08:55AM