This one was brought to me by my mom who is a professor in the Department of Education at the University of Nebraska, hence this is a lecture that is primarily addressing issues with the education system. But is is so applicable to art. Sir Ken Robinson makes a strong argument for changing the paradigm in a way that will support the arts. The current system squashes aesthetic experiences, experiences when your senses are operating at their full capacity: when we are fully present. A victim of this system is the arts. Changing the education paradigm must also include increasing divergent thinking, increasing the capacity for creativity. Divergent thinking gives the capacity to come up with a lot of answers to a problem and lots of ways to interpret a question. Education should not decrease creativity, it should increase it. Plus, who doesn’t like cool whiteboard illustrations?

Thanks, Mom!

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