Creativity and the Educational System: Contradiction in Terms?


Do schools help creativity or hinder it? If they don’t, what can we do to fix that? If they do, what can we do to make them help even more?

We’ll ‘fess up to the fact that TVWriter™ has absolutely no clue about how to answer those questions from anything other than personal/anecdotal evidence. For our staff, that evidence is overwhelming: All of the regular TVWriter™ minions feel that their kindergarten thru high school educations worked against their ability to create, especially as writers. But, hey, your experience, like your gas mileage, may vary.

Even though we’re too ignorant – or biased, who knows? – to properly define the problem, let alone come up with solutions, we’re always looking for ways to learn more about the situation. Recently, we found a group of articles on, of all places, HuffingtonPost.Com, which we found quite illuminating, and we want to pass the info on.

The real source of the discussion is, of course, the TED Weekends. If you aren’t familiar with the TED Weekends and their creators at the TED Blog, here’s the nutshell version:

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

TED Weekends explores how our minds shape reality.

You can learn more, much more, at TED’s Facebook page and the TED Blog.

And you can jump into the creativity conversation HERE, HERE, and, yeppers, HERE.