Do schools kill creativity?

james shone

By James Shone

i have recently listened to a very compelling TED talk suggesting that schools do kill creativity. The main thrust of this professor’s argument was that we have a hierarchy of ‘subject importance,’ where Maths and Science are all – important and the creative ‘Arts’ subjects are lower down the pecking order.
i felt this talk made a valuable point and it ties in with my I can & I am message. We must realise that intelligence is: distinct, dynamic and diverse. In essence we’re all intelligent in our own ways and the best educators notice and ‘call forth’ creativity when they see it. Of course Maths and Science have their place, but it mustn’t be at the cost of all else. After all we are now living in a post industrial society where the applicability of Maths and Science is less significant.

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