We understand how important it is for children to learn new skills outside the formality of the classroom. Showing and sharing their individual creativity can contribute towards the development of well rounded children and teenagers alike.
But exactly how important is creativity in education and outside of the classroom? Should creativity be considered as important as STEM subjects in school? We explore the theories of Sir Ken Robinson and how these relate to nurturing the creativity in school aged children and why this matters.
Creativity in classrooms
Sir Ken Robinson is a world famous thought leader in creativity and innovation within the field of education. He spent 12 years at Warwick University as Professor of Education, and was knighted in 2003 for his services to the arts. Sir Ken Robinson’s famous TED talk in 2006 where he claimed “schools kill creativity” is one of the most viewed TED talk of all time.
During his 2006 TED talk, Sir Ken Robinson stated that “creativity is as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same respect”. Robinson believes that all children have talents and creativity but somehow education systems around the world neutralise these skills and dilute them. He goes onto to explain: “we don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it or we get educated out of it”.
But how does this happen exactly? Sir Ken Robinson refers to the ‘hierarchy of education around the world’. Over time and due to continued industrialism, traditional subjects considered more useful for the world of work have tended to move to the top of the hierarchy. Therefore subjects such as mathematics, science and languages are moved to the top of the hierarchy, quickly followed by humanities, with arts right at the very bottom of the list.
Sir Ken Robinson is an advocate for educational reform. He believes that curriculum should be more personalised to the individual child, and that there should be more scope for creativity in subjects such as the arts. Robinson refers to the importance of an individual child finding their ‘element’ - he explains this as “the place where the things you love to do and the things you are good at come together”. (2)
Getting the balance right
Although the spotlight has been on Sir Ken Robinson’s theory of creativity and its importance in the curriculum, it is also important to note that there are a number of ways that school are adopting some of Robinson’s ideologies, such as the RSA Open Minds system (3).
Through our research-based blog posts, we do not advocate for specific methodologies. We simply try to offer a varied outlook on methods that can bring balance between the more traditional STEM subjects and those considered more creative. Our belief is that extra-curricular activities should take more centre stage as they contribute to the development of well-rounded children and teenagers.
If your child is showing more interest and enthusiasm towards the arts and/or creative subjects there are a number of ways you can help support them outside of school. After school children classes and activities are the perfect way for your child or children to explore their creativity.
Top three creative after school activities and their benefits
So where do you start to help your children in exploring and sharing their inner creativity?
Did you know that these are the three most popular creative activities for primary school aged children in the UK?
Learning the practical side of playing an instrument or singing and how to read music can help towards developing creativity through musical compositions.
Great for building confidence and social skills as well as exploring creativity through
improvisation and characterisation.
Ballet, tap, contemporary or other forms of dance all help your child to express themselves
creatively through movement.
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