Do we have any new ideas on the nature of creativity in children?
If you listened to Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk about “How Schools Kill Creativity” , you would assume most children enter school tremendously talented and creative and exit at the opposite end of the spectrum. It is an entertaining talk, including naive quips from children that could easily fit into Art Linkletter’s (and later Bill Cosby’s) program Kids Say the Darndest Things.
Robinson makes the assumption that the unusual things children say is evidence of creativity. However this idea is never supported during his talk. Sometimes children’s “unique” sayings are a result of misunderstanding language. At other times they are concrete interpretation of abstract things they have been told.
Robinson also fails to explain why there is a noticeable percentage of students that not only remain creative but increase in creative production while in school. These students are in the same schools that turn out the uncreative students that Robinson…
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