Posted by: Sheridan Flynn | July 16, 2007

Who teaches creativity?

I recently read an amazing book by the author A. S. Neil titled Summerhill. This book documents the author’s life and experience working in a truly free school run by it’s own pupils. Around the same time a friend of mine sent me a link to a (TED) talk by an English creativity expert called Ken Robinson. The book which was first published in 1969 and the talk filmed in 2004 both touch upon many similar themes. The most obvious being creativity in childhood, but also; freedom, expression, self awareness, and conflict.

These two pieces remind me of my own childhood experiences growing up in a rigid education system which rarely taught the core human values of creativity and a self awareness.

Ken Robinson’s talk is funny, interesting, informative, and I certainly think it’s well worth checking out. The same can be said about the book Summerhill, which I highly recommend to any person who is a child, or was a child at some stage of their lives.

S.

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