Spot on, Jenny! Children over here in North America (I live in Central Ontario, Canada) burden under the same wrong-headed political system).
Sadly, though happily for me, you can (and I do) “teach creativity” — not because it is something that you can nail to a wall — but because these methods have drummed it out of people from the time they entered those hallowed halls at age 4 (it’s called Junior Kindergarten). Ludicrous as this all sounds to those of us rebels and mavericks who have rode the waves and survived — only because of our grasp on the necessity of thinking, acting, being CREATIVE!
Here I am in my mid-sixties and I still work full time trying to fix what these waffling buffoons in our political system have done to public (free) schooling. I have 6 children and have seen so many experiments totted out and rammed down our throats as “the best way” to run schools and to teach our little darlings.
New math, open concept, whole reading and the list goes on as long as your arm (or rather a orangutan’s long arm).
I say stop using our children as guinea pigs Politicians and get out of the way of the people who love and know them, parents, teachers, educational assistants and social scientists.
Let’s truly consult and let’s allow these wee minds to grow as nature intended.
Let’s take them out to look at the night sky and see stars (which would allow “dark” bylaws so that the stars would actually be visible).
Let’s take them out in the summer to lay down in meadows, pick wildflowers and write poetry akin to that of Emily Dickinson.
Let’s listen as they tell their stories and let’s tell them ours.
Let’s let them record their stories, make little movies, enact little plays.
Let’s take away their TVs, computer games, iPads and iPhones (for a spell) and allow them to experience time in the quiet with nothing to do but pay attention; give them crayons, paint, brushes, and lots and lots of paper, old cardboard, small (sanded) slabs of wood and let them experiment with mixing colours and seeing what happens when you splatter, brush, scribble and doodle.
And while we’re at it let’s do it with them…and see what great ideas sprout as we connect with our minds high on art!
So here we are, facing yet another shake-up of the English education system, with the emphasis still on core academic subjects and rigorous testing. Ahem and excuse me, but what about that non-transferable and non-testable vital ingredient of a successful life – creativity?
When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge ~ Albert Einstein
Little children learn to be adults through imaginative role-play, pretending to be mummies and daddies, doctors, teachers, engine-drivers, soldiers, window-cleaners, cafe-owners…
Older children and adults make important decisions by imagining different outcomes – ‘If I did that course, I might become a chemist… then I’d work in a laboratory… or I might be a teacher… I could do that anywhere, in a city centre or a remote island… I could work overseas… or be an independent tutor…’
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