Sir Ken Robinson. “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”

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Sir Ken Robinson. “Do Schools Kill Creativity?”

There’s a wonderful little story I’ve been telling the past few years. It captures the innocence, optimism, hopefulness, faith and creativity of a child.

A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s artwork. As she came to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

Artists always love this story. In a sense all art in one way or another provides a snapshot of some insight into God. The story also reminds us of how far we can slip from the wonder of childlikeness to the jadedness of crabbed olderness.

My friend Marty just sent me an email that said. “Watch This.” Good friends don’t waste good friends times in seasons where there is none to be wasted, so I knew he meant business¢â‚¬¦the business of rekindling creativity among thoughtful creatives for whom God is important.

I now pass it on to you. Taped at the renowned TEDS event, Sir Ken Robinson asks: “Do schools kill creativity?” The questions he raises and implication of his answers are simple and profound. Best of all–he tells the story of the little girl drawing God! “Watch it!”

“Do schools kill creativity?”

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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