Do children get a chance to explore their creativity through dance and other art forms in our educational system? Or are they thwarted by a system that makes them sit still and memorize facts and figures. In the most popular TED talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethinking of our school systems to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Creativity through dance

He tells the story of Gillian Lynne, a British ballerina best known as the choreographer of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. Today she would be diagnosed with ADHD and given Ritalin to calm her down. Fortunately she was diagnosed as a dancer and given ballet lessons to express her creativity through dance. She subsequently had a very successful career and is a millionaire.

Why should you listen?

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TED Talk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. His 2013 book, Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, is a practical guide that answers questions about finding your personal Element. In his latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education, he argues for an end to our outmoded industrial educational system and proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students.

Perhaps your child can find his or her creativity through dance by taking ballet at the Greenville Ballet School. Give us a call today to talk about it. (864) 234-5677.

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