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Lead from the Start: What does creativity mean to a flat world?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

What does creativity mean to a flat world?

Much of the political discourse surrounding education these days is based on the economic perspective of the business world that believes we need to prepare world class employees. Most of the jobs that I hope my students will pursue have not been created yet. I see the effects of technology and a “flatter” world as increasing the need for people skills that enable communication. I also see teaching students to be creative in their approach to their lives as not only an economic benefit to America but also as a benefit to humanity. Teaching with and to both sides of the brain, as described by Daniel Pink, (2006) in A Whole New Mind, are the keys to preparing kids for the future.

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Students who have explored and developed abilities using both sides of the brain will have the skills necessary to be successful in a future that is essentially unknown. In my classroom students design, tell stories, are empathetic, play and make meaning. They also problem solve, discuss, concentrate, use logic, and learn when to be serious. Creativity and collaboration is central to the skill sets students will need in the 21st century. I foster these in my classroom by developing activities that require collaboration and that have group products as outcomes.

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At 8:52 AM, Blogger Nancy Flanagan said...

Loved your post. Of course. With me, you're quite literally preaching to the choir.

The good news is that some conservative thinkers (Checker Finn and Diane Ravitch, for example) have now joined the "arts and literature" chorus, pushing back against a thin, "basics only" conception of what our kids need.

There seems to be a real dichotomy between two distinct camps: the math/science to build our economic future folks--and those who believe that American creativity is our prime world commodity.

I personally want to ride on the second bandwagon, but can't dismiss the idea that our math and science instruction have been lacking for years.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Nate Barton said...

Thanks for your words of encouragement and for the link to the post. If you are interested we have started a book club for the book:Out of Our Minds; Learning to Be Creative, by Ken Robinson. I invited Ferriter to join the blog discussion and would like to extend the invitation to you.
Thanks again.


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