Book review: Creative Schools by Ken Robinson

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When you teach a child something

you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.

Jean Piaget

I read the book for the first time when I was doing my post-grad diploma in education. But now I’ve decided to return to this publication, especially since I became more involved in my daughters’ education.

The main message I took from this book is that education equals creativity. Education is an organic process (p. 41), because children are natural learners (p. 74). The learning process happens through play (p. 94) and it encourages mastery (p. 114).

The publication highlights some positive and inspirational stories and ideas about education, e.g. the world famous Finnish education system (you can read more here), Salmon Khan’s flipped classroom (p. 113) and teaching through and about the arts (p. 196).

Why read such publications? Because, I wouldn’t want learning and learners to be reduced to numbers in the future (p. 172) and I believe there might a more creative and organic approach to education.

Do you read books on education? What’s your most inspirational or favourite publication? Please let me know in the comments below.

Kinga Macalla

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