What did I learn: “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
Every education system on earth has a similar hierarchy of subjects: Mathematics and Languages at the top, then Humanities, and Arts at the bottom. There isn’t an education system out there that teaches Drama or Dance everyday to children as the way we teach Math. Sir Ken Robinson comments that as children get older, we start to progressively educate them on the waist up and eventually only educate one side of their brain; a subject like dance that covers the whole body is not regarded as necessary. Education is then disembodied and only focused on one side of our heads. Why is it that people who are skilled in Math are deemed as “intelligent” but people who are great at Dance are not?
Why is it significant: “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather we get educated out of it.”
I found this TED Talk especially insightful towards the very uninspiring methods that our current education system carries out. There is a paradigm within our parents, teachers, and other adults who believe that success in education is an attainment of knowledge, whether that knowledge is useful or not — the underlying goal is academic ability. The origins of this system is from the industrial age when education was designed to promote uniformity and a certain type of narrow skill set — it does not promote innovative thinking.
Many brilliant, amazing people in the world actually think they are not because things they were good at were not valued in school. We need to rethink the fundamental principals that we teach children and not mold them into robots by preaching that there is only one type of intelligence. Intelligence is not universal, it is: diverse, dynamic, and distinct. Intelligence is an individual case-by-case subject and should not be made to fit one rating system; each individual should maximize his or her potential and then be regarded as “intelligent.” Without this paradigm shift, we will continue making molds out of our students. Only by changing the way we educate children now can we help better their futures.