Creative Spark Talk Analysis

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CREATIVE SPARK TALK ANALYSIS 2 Creative Spark Talk Analysis Sir Kenneth Robinson an English author/educator and creativity expert gave a presentation for Creative Spark TED conference in 2006 titled, “How Schools Kill Creativity.” The presentation centers on the issue of the way children are being educated and how their creative abilities are being stunted. Robinson advocates for a radical change in education to foster and encourage creativity. How does Robinson’s talk illuminate some of the stages of creativity? Robinson begins his presentation by speaking about education and everyone's interest in education. He surmises that we are teaching children for what is happening now, and not for the future. We have no idea what will happen in the next five years, let alone when these children graduate. The first stage of creativity is searching for challenges (Ruggiero, 2012). Robinson has found that school systems today are so focused on educating for skill sets that they are stifling creativity. He feels this is an area of opportunity to fix existing conditions (Robinson, 2006). In the second stage of creativity, expressing the problem or issue, Robinson states, "creativity is as important as literacy and should be treated as such, and, we are born creative, and then educated out of it” (Robinson, 2006). Robinson clearly expresses this issue. By stating and restating an issue, Robinson is closer to solving the problem (Ruggiero, 2012). The third stage of creativity is investigating the problem or issue (Ruggiero, 2012). Robinson asserts that math and science are on top of the list in education while the arts are at the bottom. Education was created to meet the needs of industrialism and revolution. Music and art are not prioritized, but schools do not teach dance (Robinson, 2006). The fourth stage of creativity is to produce ideas (Ruggiero, 2012). Robinson

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