Does education hurt creativity?

We found this article interesting for the argument it makes: Everyone is born creative, but it educated out of us at school

Creativity is an important leadership skill. It is an important life skill. This article lists these benefits:

1 High quality arts or cultural experiences in early childhood can help children develop subsequent abilities in the arts which will be useful right through life.

2 Early years arts and cultural activities can help children make sense of their cognitive, physical, emotional, spiritual, linguistic, and moral development by enhancing the whole curriculum.

3 Early childhood arts and cultural activities can significantly strengthen parent-child bonds and engage families in their children’s learning, providing a positive focus for shared experience and communication.

4 Stimulating and compelling experiences at museums, galleries, theatres, libraries, dance, arts or music venues will offer many parents the ideas, confidence and resources to play with their children as a natural part of everyday life.

5 Early years arts and cultural activities can help develop intrinsic human qualities, such as creativity, expression, identity, culture and imagination. As well as helping to preserve our cultural heritage, they enable young children to develop their own languages which help shape their individual, community and global identity.

6 Early years arts experiences can impact positively on confidence, self-esteem, personal, social, emotional development and behavioural health, breaking down language barriers, cultural prejudices or societal differences, and leading to decreased social problems, reduced inequality and increased creativity.

7 Collaborations that encompass the perspective of arts or cultural professionals, early years professionals, children and parents can bring a vibrancy to learning that results in a much deeper understanding of, and attention to, a child’s needs and interests. This leads to sustainable progression, raising standards of achievement, and a sense of fulfillment for both teachers and children both immediately and later on in life.

We couldn’t agree more. At Elements we recognise that creativity is not merely an art project or time spent crafting. It’s about teaching children to tap into themselves to think creatively and approach life in a creative manner – from a conversation, to an activity, to when they have time alone.


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