How can we successfully hold on to the creative thinking and passions we had earlier in life?
Ken Robinson and many other writers and leaders warn that too many children are having their intellectual and creative abilities eroded by educational institutions.
We may find inspiration to be more creative in art classes and writing workshops – but what if our very sense of being creative has been eroded by ordinary schooling?
Lisa Rivero is the author of several books about creativity, education, and giftedness, and teaches creative thinking, humanities, and writing at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
In a post on her blog Creative Synthesis, she writes about sharing a video by Ken Robinson with her class of engineering students, and asking them to talk about the impact of their many years of education on their creative thinking:
“As much as they realize the need to have honed their convergent thinking and executive functioning skills as they look toward entering a competitive workforce, they also spoke of a deep loss of something integral to who they are, and a few wondered if that capacity for creativity they remembered from their youth would or could ever return.”
Continued: Reclaiming Our Creativity.