Diary of a hopeful author: How schools kill creativity

It’s “Wednesday Wafflings” when I post the latest entry in my Diary of a Hopeful Author…Photo of a Diary

I remember my school days. Do you remember your school days? And how where they for you? Fun? Deeply profound? Or mind numbingly boring ala the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in the scene where the kids are asleep on the desks, dribbling, as the teacher’s mouth hangs open like a carp, saying, ‘Bueller….Bueller.’

School’s a funny thing. It’s like educational marmite: you either love it or hate it. Call me a nerd, but I loved school. Not the horrendous who’s friend with who bit – you can leave that stuffed in a locker – but I mean the study bit. Come sixth form, and I may have gone off the rails a tad (I went to a college run by nun’s..), staged a small teenage rebellion, but I still loved a good study.

Thing is, as a writer, I think the big question is, does school do the job? In terms of encouraging creativity, how do schools perform and could they do any better? Take that one step further, and how, once you have left school and you are dumped by  the busy motorway of life, does school equip us to be creative?

So this week, as I put the final finishes to my book before it goes off to Adam the Agent, I’m taking us back to school. But don’t panic. This back to school is via TED talks and Sir Ken Robinson with his formidable, thought-provoking, hilarious  talk on how schools kill creativity – and what they should do to win it back. You don’t have to have anything to do with a school to get some handy thoughts out of this one.

Bell’s gone. End of lesson. Cue Sir Ken Robinson…

Does school kill creativity? How did cool play a part in your career, in your writing? Let me know. 

Out tomorrow “Thursday Thoughts” where I post my latest Gazette newspaper column to my blog…**

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