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an argument for expressive arts

May 10, 2009

[republished from August 2008 from my old expressive arts blog]

There’s a terrific video (below) available on YouTube about the risks of suppressing creativity in our educational systems. It features Sir Kenneth Robinson.

While it certainly calls for a fundamental change in how we shape our schools (and we would all be well-served by getting started on that), there are lots of ways we can support our children’s (as well as our own) creativity. The expressive arts is one tool.

Here’s the video. It’s 20 minutes, but it’s humorous and well-worth the investment of your time. I’ve highlighted a few quotes to entice you to watch:

“Creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”

“Kids will take a chance. … They’re not frightened of being wrong. Now, I don’t mean to say that being wrong is the same thing as being creative, but what we do know is that if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

Creativity and intelligence “come about through the interaction of different disciplinary ways of seeing things.”

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