• So, about creativity and knowledge…

    Posted on February 8th, 2012 kr No comments

    When thinking about devloping an education-oriented blog, three starting point quotes immediately came to my mind, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new,” We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them,” and ““Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”  All three of these quotes seem to speak to similar aspects of our current educational methods that may be less than desirable. We have become masters of reproducing “knowledge,” of regurgitating facts, and of jumping through hoops. But when it comes to the creation of new knowledge, new perspectives, new inspiration, and new forms of understanding, have we disadvantaged ourselves?

    My almost automatic response is to say “yes!” of course we have. The entire structured system of formal education is designed in  a way that recreates a society that is able to follow orders, to think “creatively” only within certain known and established boundaries, and to fear repercussion for thinking or completing tasks “the wrong way.”  I start thinking here about the essence of knowledge itself.  Feminist scholars and other social theorists have been relentless in the call to understand the epistemological origins and development what we accept as true science, true knowledge, and ever discernible fact.  Every piece of knowledge, every acceptable methodology and science, has its origins in human creation and understanding.  This knowledge has simply been reified into self-sufficient “facts” that may rarely be challenged in new ways.  We can always try to build on what we already “know,” to make this more and more complicated, but, as has been said, “any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent.  It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage – to move in the opposite direction. “

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