Creativity is a word that is generating a huge uproar in the educational circles. Experts as well as parents are questioning the efficacity of todays educational system in developing and sharpening students' skills. It seems that while the world is changing and new learning needs emerge as a result of the interplay of all the new emerging technologies in students life, schools are still resisting this change. Teachers are still using the same traditional methods that they themselves learnt under when they were students.The rigidity of the schools system has driven many students to give up schooling forever. 'I am feeling bored ' is a sentence we hear so often from our students.Isn't this fact alone enought to sound the alarming ring and wave a red flag at the trajic situation in which our school system is living in ?
In fact many high profiled thinkers and many other educational illuminaries have already started to draw educators attention to this problem. Ken Robinson is one of the most renowned creativity theoriser and the video he made in TED has been watched by millions of people all around the world. John Cleese is also another great thinker whose insight on creativity recipe has been well received in the four corners of the world. Brain Pickings has recently featured one of his great videos in which he talks about the five factors to make your life more creative.
I have embedded the video below together with an excerpt on these factors. Watch and share the knowledge.
" 1. Space (“You can’t become playful, and therefore creative, if you’re under your usual pressures.”)
2. Time (“It’s not enough to create space; you have to create your space for a specific period of time.”)
3. Time (“Giving your mind as long as possible to come up with something original,” and learning to tolerate the discomfort of pondering time and indecision.)
4. Confidence (“Nothing will stop you being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake.”)
5. Humor (“The main evolutionary significance of humor is that it gets us from the closed mode to the open mode quicker than anything else.”) "
Here is the entire lecture if you want to watch it all.