If You Come out of School Thinking You Are Not Creative, School Failed.Share
Creativity is essential for education.
“I’m not one of those creative types,” said the Google analyst sitting next to me in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport waiting for our flight to San Francisco—delayed for an hour.
“I wish you wouldn’t say that about yourself,” I said. (In an airport you can talk that way to someone you will never see again.)
“It’s okay. I just never was one of those kids who made art all day long. I’m just not one of those creative people.”
“Don’t say that.”
“Because you are human. Human beings are creative maniacs.”
“Not me. I never did well in art class,” she came back a little defensively.
“Look, I am not saying all people are artists; I am saying that just because you label yourself a math person doesn’t mean you’re not creative. You can’t do your job at Google properly if you can’t think creatively.”
“Well, you are right about that.”
School taught my New Best Friend that creativity is the province of the arts, while the rest of the subjects, which require organization, routine, systematic thinking and the ability to handle boredom can leave creativity out. (Creative writing would be the exception that proves the rule.)
Children go to school creative and most come out alienated from their own creativity.
Blog originated in www.geniusinchildren.org
Rick Ackerly is the author of the book The Genius in Every Child