I was going to wait until tomorrow to post this, but the excitement was too much.
Have you seen this? Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, is one of the world's leading proponents of creativity and imagination in schools. I came across another TED Talk he gave (here) some time ago, and was hugely inspired by his dreams for the future.
I realized just today that the lethargy and frustration I've been experiencing in school since the very beginning of high school and up to this very moment is due to my disinterest in what is being taught. Yes, there are classes here and there that completely captivate my attention, but they are few and far between. The last one I was exceptionally interested in was my playwriting class in the fall of last year. I so wish I could take more creative classes, but my status as a transfer student limits the flexibility in my schedule to graduation.
I have always been interested in art and working with children. As the years pass, I find that my resolution to do what I can to change a failing education system and follow my heart toward an artistic career are growing stronger; excitingly, my discovery of art journaling, passion for creativity, and my growing knowledge of and indignation at the consequences of inequality in education opportunities are not incompatible. My passion for these, however, is causing me to be ever eager to leave university and do something instead of simply reading about it.
Education is so important, my lovelies; so too is creativity. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the successes and failures of education in your own lives and how creativity has affected you - whether you were told you were never going to be an artist, you found yourself through art, or (is it possible?) you never gave it a second thought.
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." /Albert Einstein
- Waldorf Schools - educating the head, heart, and hands
- Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (book)
- The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (book)