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Monday, September 5, 2011

Project #1 cont'd:Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

"We need to rethink the fundamental principles on which we educate children", states Mr. Robinson, as he speaks on the limitations of the present pigeon-holing practices unknowingly carried out on students in today's classrooms. Absolutely correct are his observations that the creative side of the human brain takes a backseat to the importance of mathematics,language arts and humanities. The programs that suffer, unfortunately, are sometimes the ones that facilitate learners' success in other areas; art, music and dance are a few examples of various learning modalities that can be the catalysts to spark a child's chance to be successful in all subjects.
Mr. Robinson's use of humor makes his lecture enjoyable, and I agree wholly that intelligence is diverse, dynamic and distinct. His anecdote about the now famous and successful choreographer of Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Cats" is a stunning example of how successful an individual can be when the usual bonds of conventional thought are broken, even for a moment. Creativity is, in my opinion, the pre-curser to intelligence. Persons who tend to be creative, by incident, tend to be intelligent, in my personal experience. I enjoyed this film very much, and stand as a vigilant supporter of his views on the nurturing of creativity in public education today.

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