Creativity & Education

Carl and I watched this talk together over the past weekend and really enjoyed it. It’s by no means a comprehensive “plan” to fix the education system, but it does give a vivid snapshot, a springboard to a discussion worth having, especially for parents or hopeful future parents.

Thoughts?

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4 thoughts on “Creativity & Education

  1. That was great, great points, great delivery. I thought his idea about the hierarchy in education was especially thought-provoking, as was the point about university professors creating education in their own image (obvious, but not something that usually occurs to people).

    • Glad you enjoyed it! I’ve just started paying more attention to various education ideas. Do you and Gene have a particular education system/philosophy? So far, I feel very cherry-pickish about that stuff. I like pieces of unschooling, traditional curricula, and the idea of nurturing your kids’ specific abilities rather than trying to get them to conform to some perfectly rounded ideal… on the other hand, I don’t feel 100% about anything I’ve seen yet.

      Ah, the search for impossible ideals. 🙂

      • Heh. Heh. I was talking with Carlie about this a while back. See, I took an education class in college, and our final assignment was to write our philosophy of education. At that point I believed with all my heart that the goal of early education was to give children first the tools they needed to learn anything they wanted to later in life. (At the time, that meant reading, math, and critical and scientific thinking mostly, but I have since come to expand that to include music, foreign language, and hands-on skills like sewing, cooking, home repair, etc.) And second, that we need to give children the tools to share with others what they have learned (public speaking, writing, drama, visual arts, song writing, etc.). And I believed that the development of those tools should happen in an environment of exploration, working together, and finding answered to the children’s questions, rather than spoon feeding “appropriate” pieces of information to them at prescribed times.

        I still believe that. BUT I don’t always have the courage to follow through on it. It is SO easy to get sidetracked in people’s opinion of me and in other homeschoolers stories of what THEIR children are doing, and I instantly worry that maybe somehow I’ve gone off on the wrong track with my children. I often find myself retreating to the consolation of how far along my children are in their graded workbooks as a measure of how they’re doing rather than an organic assessment of their individual talents and development. As happy as I usually am to do what I believe and never mind what anybody thinks of me, I really struggle when it comes to my children because I don’t want to mess up someone else’s life, and I realize that their educations are hugely important. I’m happy to experiment on myself, but my children, not so much.

        The result of all this is that we use quite a lot of traditional workbooks, with a much larger than average focus on music, foreign language (Hebrew and German, and hopefully we’ll get back to Greek one of these days), reading real books, and dropping everything for chances to explore the real world (fix the car with dad, sew with mom, make a meal for a sick friend, make a caterpillar habitat, etc.).

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