Where is imagination in education?

Addressing the TED gathering, rolling in with some funny stories and informed wit,  Sir Ken Robinson talks about being an educator and states schools kill creativity. Along with some great jokes about a 6 year girl drawing God, London, his absence at dinner parties  as well as a preschool age Shakespeare, he makes some great points.

What do you think?

“I believe that creativity is just as vital as literacy in education and deserves the same respect…If you’re not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original. We run our companies that way and we have learned to stigmatize mistakes. Picasso said that we are all born artists The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. I don’t believe we grow into creativity, we grow out of it. “

We too feel that we should educate the whole child so that they can meet the coming future prepared, with tools to be of service and more importantly with joy where their gifts are appreciated. Creativity is a neccesary transformative force, particularly important in addressing conflict. If we don”t think inventively you will never create a new pattern of being in relationship with others who are different from you and create new, previously unseen possibilities for our world. Along with math and science, we could do well to learn how to problem solve and flex those imagination muscles. That’s a real use of strength. Gotta love it.

We appreciate John Paul Lederach’s thoughts about this in The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

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