Here's a link if you want to watch it as well: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
The Process of Struggle and Creativity
Kids have tremendous talents and we as adults tend to squander them. Kids take chances and are not frightened of being wrong. However, as kids grow up they start to become afraid of being wrong and therefore they kill their creativity and hurt their process of learning. In our education system we have taught kids that mistakes are the worst things you can make.
This morning I listened to an NPR report about the learning system in schools. They did an interview on a school in China. The reporter said that he watched as a teacher taught her students how to draw a cube. Many of the students understood it and were doing it correctly, however there was one little boy who was struggling. Instead of picking the best student’s work to show the class as an example, the teacher took the student who was struggling and had him rework the cube in front of the class. The teacher would ask the class if the student did it right and if he didn’t he had to continue to rework it until it was correct. Eventually after much struggle the boy drew the cube correctly and the class broke into cheers and congratulated their fellow student. Now you would think that the boy would be embarrassed, brake into tears and give up (which is probably what I would have done). Instead it made him feel great that he accomplished a difficult task.
We all must struggle through the learning process in order to learn and accomplish the task at hand. If you haven’t experienced this try creating something.
Art in our Education System and in Society
According to Ken Robinson there is a hierarchy in our education system. Math and science seem to be at the top of the list and the arts and humanities tend to be towards the bottom. School systems tend to focus on one side of the brain and don’t encourage creativity this way. In fact it kills creativity and as a result the arts in public schools are depreciating.
" Americans were completely focused on class, wealth and reputation. In paintings people were represented in their finest clothing and even had custom made furniture just for their portrait sittings. People used objects in their portraits to represent their class, reputation, wealth and the things they have accomplished. The successful American image was important to them. Today this American mindset of wealth and class still hasn’t changed in some ways.
In conclusion I am not trying to disrespect people who want a large paycheck, who are majoring in business or the medical field, or who just want security for their future. I am only pointing out the facts about our society and how money has become our priority, and as a result the arts and jobs in the art field are becoming less admired.
Thanks for taking the time to read.
(art works: top- "General George Washington before Princeton" by Charles Peals. Bottom-"Mrs. Thomas Boylston" by John Singelton Copley)