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Karina Eisner

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What place does creativity have in education?

Almost every education related TED video available states or implies that creative thinking is at the center of the learning process and at the root of every breakthrough.
What place do we give creative thinking, free exploration, uncharted discovery in our current educational models?
Are the prevalent public education systems becoming a means to program the masses rather than a way to facilitate discovery, growth and self realization? Are students truly turned into useful citizens, or rather adults trained to respond to induced stimulus in predetermined ways, much like rats in the lab?
Are we afraid of where original thinking can bring us? Are we afraid of change? Are we afraid of losing control? How far are we ready to go to keep it? And do we really think creativity can be killed?

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This debate is closed, now what?

….......................................YOU ARE INVITED......................................

WHAT? Stage 2 of this debate, join us!
HOW? Connecting, cooperating, organizing information, sharing our skills,
giving ideas, encouraging, blogging, creating a web page, reaching
out to our own communities.
WHERE? New TED debate, here, Creativity in Action
WHEN? Now.

We can overcome geographical, language, age and political barriers. We can make a difference. Let's take the next step. Are you in?

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    Sep 30 2011: We have given almost no space to creativity in our current education System. Probably we had no need. At the moment, creativity is a question of survival. We have a crisis of values in front of us, and a challenge to overcome this situation. The right part of the brain is being revalued. Shall we be able to change our inner pattern?
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      Sep 30 2011: Gracias por compartir tu punto de vista...
      Es una buena pregunta, podremos cambiar nuestros patrones internos? Y yo agrego, podremos cambiar, aprender nuevas estructuras de pensamiento A TIEMPO?
      La juventud esta perdiendo su tiempo, oportunidades unicas se les escapan, y -al menos los que dependen de un sistema publico y uniforme- pierden su entusiasmo y ganas de vivir, y todo pasa demasiado rapido para que los adultos que deben guiarlos se puedan poner al dia...
      Sera la solucion un cambio radical, volver a pequenas celulas (educacion en casa, o en pequenos grupos de familias similares) y olvidarse de un sistema central obsoleto que ya perdio la capacided de ver, identificar, y ayudar al individuo?
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        Oct 1 2011: Karina por supuesto que tus propuestas en forma de pregunta tienen parte de la solucion. Y agregaria siguiendo lo que Mary dice acerca de revalorar el hemisferio derecho del cerebro, que no es posible olvidar el corazòn. La integralidad del individuo, su indivisibilidad, su esencia como ser sentiente es lo que el sistema central y obsoleto ya no puede ver.
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          Oct 2 2011: :-) Ho sempre avuto una grande passione per trovare soluzioni, e come Socrate, io so di non sapere...domando perche veramente non so.
          Forse quella e la risposta... Il metodo socratico e uno degli approcci piu antiche e piu potente per il sviluppo di capacita di pensiero critico (suona cosi bene...)
          Il domandarei permette di pensare per se stessi. E anche una “terapia dell’anima”; comme hai detto, non tutto e pensiero e raggione... Per Socrate l' uomo e la sua anima; l'anima e il centro della responsabilita e della correttezza morale, e secondo lui "l'insegnare agli uomini la cura della propria anima è il compito supremo dell'educatore" (watch out, we are talking values here, and morals!)
          Ma vi chiedo, abbiamo tempo per questo, per curare l'anima???

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