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Re: creativity

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Ann Wilschke (
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 09:29:47 -0500 (EST)

If you read about creativity and brain development, the most
creative time in a person's life is when they are young. By the time a
student is in middle school, they are more ready for skill acquisition.
Really creative times come again in the early 20s. Don't feel we are
teaching incorrectly, or that you have stiffled a kids creativity, there
are times when their development is counter to creativity.
Read about creativity, it is very interesting!

Ann Wilschke (Middle School art)

On Thu, 19 Feb 1998 JConley957 wrote:

> I personally don't believe that we teach people to be creative. Quite the
> opposite, I believe that we teach people to be UN-creative! I'm a high school
> art teacher and for several years, I've gone (at the request of elementary
> teachers) to draw for elementary students and teach a few drawing lessons at
> that age level during my planning period. (We have no art educators in our 5
> elementary schools.)
> What I've observed, from the unique viewpoint of being in an elementary
> classroom, then going back to my HS kids, is that the younger a child is, the
> more freely they "create". I'm always amazed at how easily that young
> children afford their imagination to enter their world compaired to the
> restraints that they place on their minds by the time they're 17 or 18.
> My High School students look at me in fear everytime I start a lesson with "I
> want you to create....." Some of the aspects of the old Pink Floyd song "The
> Wall" are right on target.
> That's why ART, MUSIC & DRAMA should be required, not optional, for ALL
> students at every grade level. As the only species that "creates", I believe
> that Arts education is just as "Basic" as math, english, science and history.
> Art is, after all, the true signature of a civilization.
> I'll climb off my soapbox now, thanks for listening.
> Jay Conley
> Brighton High School
> Brighton, Colorado