I’ve often said that I used to be creative, back when I was a kid, but these days, creativity doesn’t come naturally for me. I am trying to stoke that fire again in myself. I would love to stoke that fire in Lindsey, too, and make sure I never extinguish that spark in Kathryn.
But Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity expert, says the public education system, which began to accommodate the industrial age, kills creativity in children. In my own personal experience, I’d have to agree. However, in my opinion, it’s not just the public schooling system; it is our whole way of looking at education, reasoning that the 3-R’s are so much more important than the arts. I think we homeschoolers can be just as guilty of killing creativity if we are not careful.
Charlotte Mason’s philosophy stressed the importance of educating the whole person. I think Sir Robinson would agree:
“[We must] see our creative capacities for the richness they are, and [start] seeing our children for the hope that they are. And our task is to educate their whole being…”
I encourage you to take the time to watch this little video; this gentleman is witty and entertaining, and makes some very thought-provoking points.