Why creativity shouldn’t be consigned to a ghetto, inspired by Sir Ken Robinson
Take a few minutes to watch this. Here are a few highlights:
“Creativity in education is as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”
“Children have an extraordinary capacity for innovation.”
“My contention is that all kids have exceptional talent and we squander it pretty ruthlessly.”
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you can’t do anything original.”
“We’re educating people out of their creative capacities.”
“We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it. Or rather, we are educated out of it.”
I feel guilty when I share something that I am in utter agreement with. After all, what’s better to provoke thought than to consider seriously a point of view that is out of line with your own?
This talk, however, is powerful in its succinct simplicity.
I have one thing to add: We ghettoize Creativity. Being creative is a pejorative, suggests that you’re painting outside the line, are unable to conform and are always on the edge of doing something a little dangerous. Want a creative outlet? Get into the arts? Paint something. Act. Be flamboyant.
Creativity is not only a talent, it’s a perspective. That perspective can be used to benefit any situation, in any line of work. Good organizations — business, civic, educational, government — need creative people in even the most humdrum roles.
What’s to keep a focus on creativity from driving us to chaos and non-conformity? Respect and understanding, for what makes an organization successful and for what keeps different people on task, secure and productive.
Our youngest children are in a school that asks them to figure out the question and then figure out how to find an answer. It’s a creative approach that is applied to every part of their educational and social life. I’m inspired by it. I suspect, however, that Robinson would say that it’s a start.