“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 the ten commandments, the sanctity of revealed religion, the foundations of patriotism, the profit motive, the two-party system, monogamy, the laws of incest and so on, we would have more creativity than we could handle.”

Certainly more than our schools could handle.

You entered school brimming with physical, artistic, musical, spiritual and practical intelligences only to have them boxed into standarised testing.

And two categories of achievement: clever or not so.

What you learned there, alongside (if you were lucky) how to read, write and solve logical problems, was our society’s accepted rules, spoken and unspoken. And how to keep them.

How to sit still for long periods of time at a small desk. How to submit to authority. How to negotiate bureaucracy. How to compete, while not questioning too much or thinking too differently.

Accessing your creative intelligence means unlearning this legacy.

How might you do that?

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Orna Ross
Author: Orna Ross

Orna Ross is an award-winning novelist and poet, advocate for self-publishing and, as Director of the Alliance of Independent Authors, "one of the 100 most influential people in publishing" (The Bookseller).