Week # 2 Discussion # 2 Guided Response # 2

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates. In your response, discuss what aspects of an effective, motivating classroom environment can increase the opportunities for students to be creative in the classroom. Be sure to also respond to any questions that your instructor might pose. This discussion post will continue into Week Three.

I see education many times as a cookie cutter, one-size fits all system that rewards only certain aspects of achievement, academics. One of the significant positive attributes of children, creativity, is one that is not encouraged unless within the restraints of the current system. It’s true that in a sense “Adults are educated out of creativity” (Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity, 2006).

Skills of the 21st century are an attempt at refocusing schools’ priority on creativity and innovation, however not too its greatest extent. It’s again, within the constraints of the 20th century curriculum and behavioral expectations. Therefore, the changes being made to encourage creativity will compliment the curriculum, not replace them entirely. Although this is a positive change in education, it very well may not suffice in reaching creativity’s full potential. Providing technological devises and giving more time for student to be brain storming are two techniques from Newman (2013).

In the case that the 21st century skills change the face of education, this could bring both positives and negative outcomes. There will be adults with the confidence and patience to be inventive which would be an improvement in the current skills of the workforce. On the other side, we don’t know what the future holds, therefore, how can we predict how any education model will affect it? This is hard to predict. As Robinson (2006) stated, “Education is meant to take us in a direction we can’t grasp”. Therefore, even less limitations on creativity in the classrooms may be most beneficial.

Newman, R. (2013). Teaching and learning in the 21st century: Connecting the dots. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

TED. (2006, June). Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity [Video file]. Retrieved

from http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html