I finished a few chores this morning, then moseyed into the kitchen to find this lovely sight:
Coincidentally, right before I walked in on the kids and their spontaneous paint session, I listened to an inspiring talk given by Sir Ken Robinson (a speaker & educator) in which he said,
“Creativity is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.”
Wow. That requires some rethinking, doesn’t it? But after the past few years of mulling over what education means to me, I agree with him. It’s good to keep sagging bookshelves around, but it’s equally good to leave out paints, paper, scissors and gluesticks for the children to use freely.
Mr. Robinson (Sir Ken, is it?) says, “We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it…or rather, we are educated out of it. Many highly talented, brilliant, creative people think they’re not. Because the thing they were good at in school wasn’t valued.”
Our little gal (5) noticed me taking photos and without looking up from her paints, said, “I’m going to be an artist.”
That door, I hope, will always look as open to her as the doors to mathmetician and aeronautical engineer as a result of a full education: one in which creativity is as important as literacy.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on creativity and its importance to the children in your life. How do you encourage creativity?