Schools Failing Our Creative Kids

End of term. The teachers are putting on a Christmas show as a treat — dressing up and performing X-Factor/American Idol style singing and dancing routines. images-59And 13-year-old Jessica Cocks secretly uses her iPod Touch to video them strutting their stuff.

Afterwards, she charges her schoolmates 50p for a look. But her iffy entrepreneurial scheme is foiled when one

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Unlearning School

“Never let your schooling interfere with your education.” Mark Twain.  creative education

Jules Henry was an anthropologist who did field research in American classrooms using the same techniques as colleagues who collected data from rainforest tribal cultures. His conclusion?

“If all through school, the young were provoked to question

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Ideas of the Decade

camille_paglia creative intelligence picFor their 10th-anniversary issue The Chronicle Review, the US higher-education journal, asked scholars and illustrators to answer  this  question: What will be the defining idea of the coming decade, and why?

Here's an excerpt from the response by Camille Paglia, taking the words out of my mouth, while spicing them up and spitting them at her colleagues and students in true Paglia style:

“…The humanities have been gutted by four decades of pretentious

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It's A Job Not Just A Dream.

Maya Rudolph always wanted to be a comedian. Yet in college, she says: “I was studying everything but comedy: photography, women's studies, creative intelligence white flowerfilmmaking…

Then… my father asked me what I planned to do after I graduated, and I told him point blank:' I want to be on Saturday Night Live...' He just said, ‘Great. Now you need to figure out how to get there.'

After that talk, I realised that becoming a comedian is

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