Most schools focus on the standard hierarchy of subjects, which includes science and humanities. Classes such as arts, dancing, singing, etc. are given a secondary role. After watching the Ken Robinson’s speech on creativity, I asked myself, “What if creativity and literacy will have an equal status in schools?”.
Spending an equal amount of time for creative and academic subjects has interested the famous education adviser Ken Robinson. He claimed that nowadays “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it”. By claiming this, he gave an example that if a child sings or dances well, the ability he or she has is not taken into account by the education system. This reminded me the pluralistic view, which is in support of sustaining diversity. For me, diversity here means the right of keeping a balance between creativity and literacy. Giving a priority to a standard hierarchy of subjects opposes the concept of diversity. Arts, humanities, sciences, and languages should have an equal role in a child’s education. Children are different. For instance, there is no a complete certainty of any child becoming science or language professionals. Some of them have that unique talent which schools representatives might never find out or even found out. The sense of creativity exists in every child. The issue is to what extent we can develop it. Shepherd (2009) gave a great example of how creativity took place in Grange primary school in Long Eaton, UK. The principal wanted children to learn to do things than learning information just to pass exams. The school created a fictional town, where they had their own cafe, radio and TV stations. This story represents the best example of how creativity can take place in schools.
To sum up, I would say that creativity is an individual’s inner world that guides him or her to a passion for doing things in the future. Would I be a different person if I had a chance of being involved in the world of creativity? Who knows…
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Shepherd, J. (2009, February 10). Fertile minds need feeding. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/education/2009/feb/10/teaching-sats