PHL458-Creative Sparks Talk Analysis
PHL458-Creative Sparks Talk Analysis
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Running head CREATIVE SPARKS TALK ANALYSIS Creative Sparks Talk Analysis John W Norris PHL45 8 September 6th 2014 Edwin Rudd 2 Running head CREATIVE SPARKS TALK ANALYSIS Creative Sparks Talk Analysis Sir Kenneth Robinson is an educator and well respected author that is leading a crusade against today s current educational systems He is a believer that we should set up our school systems to one that nurtures creativity instead of undermining it He spoke at a 2006 TED conference and the title of his speech was How Schools Kill Creativity The main focus of his speech is how today s schools basically do everything they can to dissuade children from being creative He is advocating for a monumental change in current educational systems that nurture and promote creativity How does Robinson s talk illuminate some of the changes in creativity Robinson begins his talk referencing how we have become a society that has become deeply vested in education He goes on to say that today s children have incredible talent but we waste it through our current educational systems He discusses how we have become a society that is educating for 50 years in the future when we really have no idea what the future will look like in five years In looking at the four stages of creativity it is easy to see how the current educational systems sti e creativity Stage one according to Ryan Ruggiero is searching for challenges or basically meeting challenges in an imaginative original and effective way Ruggiero 2012 Looking at stage two which is expressing the problem or issue Ryan Ruggiero says different expressions open different avenues of thought it is best to 3 Running head CREATIVE SPARKS TALK ANALYSIS consider as many expressions as possible Ruggiero 2012 Robinson discusses how our educational systems have become more about mathematics and science and less about the arts Young children are willing to take a chance If they don t know an answer to a question they aren t afraid to go for it or of being wrong according to Robinson Robinson makes an excellent point that if you aren t prepared to be wrong then you will never come up with anything creative Robinson 2006 Stage three which is probably the most important deals with investigating the problem It is important to make sure you obtain the necessary information to effectively deal with the problem The last stage is stage four which involves producing ideas It is important to make sure you generate enough ideas to decide which action you should take Robinson notes that one of the biggest obstacles with children and creativity is that they don t grow into creativity we grow out of it Robinson 2012 How does Robinson s talk relate to the concepts of imagination and curiosity Almost the entire talk Robinson gave revolved around creativity and imagination Robinson discusses how today s society has become dependent on rising through the ranks by achieving different degree levels He explains that in order to rise through theses different levels there is too much focus on answering questions accurately and too much focus on when mistakes occur He mentions that our current educational systems are run to say that basically the worst thing you can do is have a wrong answer 4 Running head CREATIVE SPARKS TALK ANALYSIS How do some of the points made in the talk apply to some of your personal experiences and how might they bene t society as a whole I remember not doing well in school because I was just not a good test taker I always did well on everything excluding tests If someone would verbally ask me questions I always knew the answers It was just that once they were in a test format I never did well at all I struggled for many years getting through many classes where I just could not test well This is one of the reason s why I love the online format It allows you to be more creative in a nontraditional classroom format As a business owner I find that I can be very close minded at times You get so focused on how you do certain things that you can easily lose track of what s really important An employee pointed out to me one day that they felt we would receive better results if we had a weekly meeting called you can do no wrong Basically we made a platform for all employees to voice any and all suggestions openly There were no wrong answers and everyone was able to just shout them out and have open discussions Even though I was quite hesitant at first this ended up being one of the best ideas ever suggested to me We have come up with so many great ideas and in such a fun way We do this the last Friday of every month now and everyone always leaves for the weekend with a smile on their face I think it is easy to see how changing the educational environment could foster more creativity and benefit society more as a whole Look at how many problems there are in today s society that could potentially be solved if creativity in school became more of a priority The Ted Robinson talk was quite eye opening for me and has made me take a more analytical approach to how I even educate my own children 5 Running head CREATIVE SPARKS TALK ANALYSIS REFERENCES Robinson K 2006 June How schools kill creativity Video file Retrieved from Creative Spark website httpWWWtedcomplaylistsl lthecreativespark Ruggiero VR 2012 The art of thinking a guide to critical and creative thought 10th ed Retrieved from The University of Phoenix eBook Collection database
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