Monday, July 19, 2010

An Interesting Question To Ponder - Are Schools KillingYour Child's Creativity?

I came across an interesting tweet from Kevin Washburn today today that referred me to a blog post written by Rose Garrett on the Education Blog at asking the question: Are Schools Killing Your Child's Creativity?  Garrett notes the alarming decrease in scores of American students on tests that measure creativity and while noting that this decline coincides with our nation's move towards an emphasis on standards and accountability that began in the early 1990's.

The blog post has a link to a Newsweek article, written by Nurture Shock authors, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman.  The article is titled The Creativity Crisis.

Garrett also cites two of Sir Ken Robinson's insightful discussions on the importance of emphasizing creativity in education and not just teaching to the test. I encourage to take a few minutes to see if you agree with this line of thinking. The one below is Sir Ken's TED Talk from 2006. How are we doing in our schools in regards to what Sir Ken Robinson describes? Have our schools become too caught up in preparing students for standardized tests?

The more recent of Sir Ken's TED talks from this year compares our delivery of public education to students to a fast food restaurant.

1 comment:

  1. "I hear, and I forget, I see, and I remember, I DO, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

    This was an introduction to two fabuluous courses which I took in 2005 and 2008, Teaching Modern Languages Through the Creative Arts I and II. I am so grateful that BHS encouraged me to pursue these two courses (offered through Northeastern University) to enhance my teaching. I get students each year who are motivated to learn. I feel their energies. I feel as as teacher that I can either make or break their excitement to learn. As teachers, we put in tons and tons of behind-the-scenes hours to make our courses come alive. Our mission is to make our students see the purpose in learning the various disciplines. In my case, I want to see my students embracing the culture as well as the foreign language. I have realized over the years that my approach to teaching makes all the difference in the world. From these two courses, I have implemented teaching through the Multiple Ingelligences (Since each student is gifted with a particular strength, I can offer a variety of classroom opportunities and techniques in which that student can be successful.) I employ a variety of techniques such as music, dance, drama,poetry, interviews, debates, etc. I also teach using Differentiated Instruction, which is a way to respond to the various needs of the learners. My students perform better when they're involved in the learning. They're more successful when they're given opportunities to demonstrate their creativity and gifts. Not only are they having fun, but I'm teaching according to the state mandated Massachusetts Foreign Language Curriculum Frameworks. I am also a member of MaFLA (the MA Foreign Language Association) where I have my students enter poster contests, essay contests, etc. As I take courses on being a more creative and effective teacher, I can introduce my students to more effective ways to learn.