NOT MY NORMAL POST...THINKING TOO MUCH I GUESS?!?! HA HA This post was rattling around my head as my student teacher was instructing...and I kept hearing children say "I CAN'T"..."I DON'T KNOW HOW"..."IT'S TOO HARD"..."I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO"..."I DON'T HAVE ANY IDEAS". The listen featured great questions...good images to jump start things...tied to personal experience...and yet this is what the students were muttering. So below is what I wrote in the journal I keep for my student teachers of their experience.
It's official...creativity is dead! Video may have killed the radio star...but I feel video games, TV "babysitters", and the internet/social networking may be to blame for this atrocity.
I guess it is also official...I'm an OLD FART!! ha ha This sounds like something uttered in every generation by the generation before it. Maybe they were right?
With every advancement....there are steps backwards.
In providing(indulging) our children in all that was not available to us...have we stripped them of their natural curiosity & creativity?
How do we as art educators (and all those amazing people out their who desire to grow their students & children in the arts) ignite the imaginations & creativity of this generation? I'm not talking about "entertaining" them. Entertaining them is partly to blame for getting us to this pickle in the first place! I'm asking....how do we reach deep down into the pure heart of a child and remind them of the magical world they live in.....where anything is possible if they can just imagine it. Is it building confidence? Teaching fearlessness?
LETS HAVE A DISCUSSION!! I'M VERY INTERESTED IN YOUR THOUGHTS/FEELINGS/EXPERIENCES WITH THIS TOPIC!!!