A bunch of arts

Filling the pail

I don’t agree with much of what Sir Ken Robinson says, but I quite like his definition of creativity: “the process of having original ideas that have value.” I think the key is those final three words. Anyone can have an original idea – ear defenders for fish? – but when we talk of the importance of creativity, implicit is that the creations have value.

It seems obvious to me that simply asking children to rehearse any old kind of creativity misses the point because value is critical. And to be truly valuable, a creative act must build on knowledge. To push the boundaries, we need to know what those boundaries are and where to find them. It is all very well imagining a machine that folds washing, but you need to know a fair amount of dull stuff about engineering in order to build one. Or perhaps instead of…

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