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Prasil Koirala

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Schools do not kill creativity

I didn't like the thesis in this talk by Sir Robinson. In my opinion, creativity develops on the soil of knowledge. Knowledge is the food that we get in schools. Food should be given in an organized manner and in the order of importance. And comparing dance class with mathematics, in my view, was completely rubbish. I wonder if I could ever get to use a computer if people of history spent their time dancing away.

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    • May 16 2012: I've always had an interest in the hobbies and activities that those align themselves with the 'hard' sciences enjoy. I for one am a juggler, although I do not share some of my fellow jugglers' talents for numbers, but I've found that a disproportionate number of jugglers engage in science-heavy professions.
      I'm also a dancer, and I've enjoyed the similarities between juggling and dance for as long as I've been doing both.

      It's the similarity between the two activities that I find most interesting when considering the hierarchy of education. They're both forms of movement, and yet so many more 'scientists' seem to juggle than dance. Could this be the result of perceived acceptability that Sir Robinson touches on?

      It's great to see a living example that can attest to the beneficial crossover between dance and math such as yourself. Keep on movin'.
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        May 16 2012: Many people don't understand the connection between so called academic subjects like maths and science and so called creative subjects like music and dance. In all these subjects it is the facination that the human brain has with patterns that is the motivation. You can teach dance by a rigid rote learning style just as easily. A ballet dancer learns the movements by mindless repetition just like memorising your times tables but the wrote learned basics allow creativity. Science and maths are exactly the same. It's just that the creativity in science and maths tends not to occur on stage. This means it isn't perceived by most people.
        I too am a juggler and a musician and a physics teacher but not a dancer. And I assure you, you do have a talent for numbers as if you don't have the ability to recognise number patterns and multiply and divide in your head you can't dance. How many beats are there in 8 bars of 12/8?
      • May 17 2012: Thank-you, Joshua and Peter, for your kind responses. All points are well taken and thought provoking. Actually, I am not a good dancer but love to dance so some would say I am not so good a crossover.
        You both seem to be much more adept in your crossovers whether they be from juggling to dance to science. Keep on juggling!

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