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Is there any way to be educated and still creative?

While watching these 2 talks I've recognized that that there's negative correlation between education and creativity.What people can do in order to make it positive?

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  • Oct 20 2013: Let's look at a couple definitions:

    Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is created (such as an idea, a joke, a literary work, a painting or musical composition, a solution, an invention etc.) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creativity)

    Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of others, but may also be autodidactic. Any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education)

    The creativity wiki page has some really good discussion that might prove interesting to folks looking at this post.

    If the argument is that education in general may be harmful effect to creativity, then I say it is invalid.

    If the argument is that by teaching one way, you may inhibit the creativity of some students, then perhaps your argument is valid. However, public education has as a goal the best course of action for the group, at a given time, within a given budget, as determined by those entrusted in making these decisions. Keep in mind that education is suppose to be a partnership between parents and teachers, and there is nothing preventing parents from supplementing, enhancing, or seeing a child has different experience towards filling perceived gaps.

    It seems learning about the English language is important to joke writers and future writers; learning the mechanics of painting and music would be important to future painters and musicians; and learning about science and math important to scientists and engineers. How else do they learn what we discovered and from our mistakes?

    Research and self-learning are important. How do kids discover this? Teachers.

    Real life can be brutal and may retard creativity. Education fosters creativity.
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    Oct 15 2013: Are all creative people uneducated and vice versa?
  • Oct 15 2013: I believe Ken Robinson's point is that schools (not education) kill creativity.

    The problem is that the standardized, "one size fits all" approaches of many schools screen only for certain talents. Other talents are often suppressed and never allowed to develop. This is how creativity is killed.
    It not only harms the students whose talents are screened out, it harms all of us.

    He addresses what can be done in a new talk:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html
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    Oct 16 2013: I am partially agree with that to be educated might do harm to be creative, but I believe we can overcome with little changes. So far education has been focused on what to teach and when to deliver it to kids. Those shallow delivery can make children clever but not wise. It can make them knowledgable but not creative.
    My point is now education need to concentrate on HOW. How can we teach history? How can we teach the relation between one individual and a society? How can we explain why we need media? And for what? The role of education needs to be focused on Good question more than good answer. We should be careful not to underestimate our kids. They are so much creative and imaginative, naturally. Through good questions, students can get a precious opportunity to looking for their own answer, and I believe it can water their inborn creativity.
  • Oct 16 2013: Do not think they are mutually exclusive. Hence you can be educated and be very creative.
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    Oct 15 2013: I don't think there really is a negative correlation between being educated and being creative. In my lifetime, I have not noticed less educated people to be more creative than highly educated people. Nobel laureates in science have had a great deal of education and training in their fields. Great artists as well.

    You could do a search of empirical research on this question to see what the data seems to say.

    You will find that the aspect of a person that is most highly correlated to divergent thinking or creative achievement is openness to experience. While openness is considered a personality trait in the sense that some people have more of a natural inclination to openness than others, research suggests openness can also be cultivated - and should be cultivated- throughout schooling.

    While school experiences surely vary by country, I know in many countries kids are NOT being taught that there is only one acceptable way to approach a problem or project but rather are pushed to explore different ways of doing things. This, I think, is as it should be to promote independent and creative thinking.
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    Oct 15 2013: Why education can't bring you creativity?