Creativity and Children

‘Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shames, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.’ – Aldous Huxley

‘There is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected questions of a child than the discourses of men, who talk in a road, according to the notions they have borrowed and the prejudices of their education.’ – John Locke

‘Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.’  – Norman Podhoretz

If a school does not promote and develop the use of creativity in its students, then it is forming minds that can no longer see the beautiful colors of the world. It is to our society’s advantage that children learn how to creatively use their talents in order to pursue their life’s vocation. A school should not kill creativity. We need to learn from children just as much as they learn from us.

There are many thoughts in my mind right now about creativity and its usefulness for all people. Several situations have occurred recently in my job as a music teacher that make me all the more convinced that imagination, curiosity, and self-directed learning should be promoted for all children. But I don’t have the time or words to write everything down right now. Please take a look at the two Youtube videos I linked in this post!

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