CRITICAl/CREATIVE

Create your own topic based around any of the issues presented this week. You are of course encouraged to draw on your own personal experience in your blog.

Studying John Newman’s essay, ‘Knowledge its Own End’, reminded me of a famous Ted talk that I recently watched in my educational psychology unit. Newman argues in his essay that universities should aid students who are talented in all sorts of subjects and that institutions shouldn’t give praise just to subjects like mathematics and science, as all faculties are just as important in humanity. Similarly, Sir Ken Robinson argues that schools shouldn’t discourage students who are gifted in the creative arts, and explains how the education system only assists students whose strengths are in maths and science.

It was interesting and insightful when Robinson talked about a famous and successful dancer Gillian Lynne. At the age of eight, she was told that she had a learning disorder because she couldn’t stop fidgeting in class. When Hill and her mother went to a specialist, the specialist recommended that she should go to dance school. When Hill went to dance school, she met likeminded people who had to move to think and she loved it: “She’s been responsible for some of the most successful musical theatre productions in history, and she’s a multi-millionaire. Somebody else might have put her on medication and told her to calm down”. Therefore, teachers and the government should be aware of how children and adolescents can learn through different ways and develop different passions.

Picasso once said that all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. Robinson reinforces this idea when he states that people don’t grow into creativity, they grow out of it, or rather, they get educated out of it. Robinson concludes his speech by suggesting that as a society we must embrace a child’s creativity and imagination by educating their whole being. Therefore universities and schools must assist students by providing a diverse range of subjects and emphasising importance equally on each faculty.

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