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 change.org 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.