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March 04, 2007

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Sir Ken Robinson at TED (hat tip: Brian Knudsen).

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David Gasper

I heard Richard Florida speak at Wright State last week. Awesome inspiring speaker.

When I was a student, I took a class on creativity. One of the best classes ever.One subhject was a little known technique called synectics. Deliberate creativity!!!

The key is not dance or music or math. Schools need to teach basic problem solving and creativity.

- lifelong off the wall entrepreneur

mark safranski

A superb presentation.

Creativity, in my humble opinion comes in several variants - generative insight, synthesis, tweaking/tinkering and the collective, stochastic/stigmergic, version of tweaking you see in open-source and/or market based "accumulated wisdom" forms of cultural evolution. They are not all the same thing nor do they, in my very limited experience, look the same in MRI brain studies of cognitive tasks

Public education is not currently designed to promote any of these forms of creativity, though some instructors do. Instead the cognitive emphasis is on recall and at best, application and analysis. Certainly useful thinking skills but not the only ones students should have in their kit.

The good news is that these forms of creativity are not that hard to teach students to practice but the incentives to do so aren't there for teachers or professors. With the former group, NCLB pressure mitigates against doing so.

Richard

David - Thanks for your kind words and comments.

Mark - You are right on both counts. Schools in the main do not promote creativity - they squelch it. Teachers are not the culprits. Gallup research has found that when teachers are "engaged" in their work they perform very well. The problem is the whole institutional setup.

And like you say, creativity can be promoted or not squelched.

Real advantage will go to the regions and nations that understand and act on that.

david

Excellent...thanks for sharing this...

Here's the TED blog for additional information - http://tedblog.typepad.com/tedblog/

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