Creative education is increasingly being recognised as vital to modern society. Since Sir Ken Robinson’s famous 2006 TED talk “Do schools kill creativity?” there has been much discussion about how and why creativity and creative thinking must be integrated into standard education systems to prepare today’s learners for tomorrow’s world. Yet the question remains: how can creativity be ‘taught’? What do teachers need to DO to make creative classes?
Michael Anderson, Professor of Education (Arts and Creativity), University of Sydney, outlines a potential model. Sophisticated in its simplicity, the creativity cascade can be used for teaching students of all ages and stages. The model encourages breaking ideas out of traditional ‘subject silos’, and can be applied within any discipline.
Professor Anderson lectured on creativity and education in “The Creative Process” (the University of Auckland’s inaugural course in creativity and creative thinking) in 2015. He addressed “the elephant in the classroom”: the lack of creativity in many standard practices in the current education system.
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CREATIVE EDUCATION
The Guardian article “Everyone is born creative, but it is educated out of us at school” makes the case for classroom creativity.
ICCE 2016: 18th International Conference on Creative Education gives information about the upcoming event and a useful reading list.
“Creativity and Education: why it matters” shows the results of Adobe’s 2012 research report, which highlights the value of creative education.
Hear an interview with Alex Sarian (from New York’s Lincoln Center) about the need for creative classrooms – and why we need to be shaping more creative economists, doctors and lawyers.