Education

Restore Creativity in Education


Passion, Projects & Play: Restoring Creativity in the Classroom

Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. (Website) says, “education should be passion-based”.  She continues,

I believe school and after-school programs need to provide kids with a place and space to express themselves.  I believe this place needs to have the following characteristics:

  • There is no agenda, topic for discussion, nor curriculum.
  • It should be non-judgmental  – all ideas and thoughts are accepted, even those that would make adults shutter.
  • There should be opportunities for all kids to have a voice.
  • There should be materials for kids to share their voice in different ways through the spoken word, written word, photography, videography, and other art and music venues.
  • It should be multi-age so the perspectives from different age groups can be shared.
  • The role of the adults and educators in such a setting would be that of active listener and a witness not a teacher nor advice giver.
  • I believe it can be done virtually with a moderator who censures comments and artifacts that do not meet the above criteria.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

All kids have tremendous talents — and we squander them pretty ruthlessly.

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish — and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational “death valley” we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

 

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