The aim of education

What is the aim of education?

  • To be prepared for the future.
  • To expand awareness.
  • To learn from the past.
  • To instil resilience to persevere.
  • To think for oneself.
  • To understand oneself and become that which you want to be, need to be and can be.

And finally, education is a life long journey. If you stop learning, you stop living.

Credit: Photo by Elliott Wade

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The Journey Begins

What are the skills that the future generation needs? Is it specific knowledge, or is it an ability to flex and adapt, in other words, be creative. The jobs we are currently training our children for will not exist by the time they finish school. Knowledge is going out of date faster than we can teach it.creativity

I want to start exploring how we build an environment of creativity, not just in the workplace, but in all situations. What does it mean to be creative? How do we begin to tap into what makes us as humans unique on this planet? Why do so many of us say we are not creative? Why do we not value creativity more highly?

I have been inspired by Sir Ken Robinson, and his desire to see educators embrace the need to change and adapt their teaching. I have young children, and I want my kids to be creative and unique, I’m not looking for rocket scientists, but I want them to be different thinkers. I believe I want them to challenge how I think, but I may need to be careful what I wish for!

In this blog, I will be delving into why creativity is so vital for our future, and share examples that I have read or observed that have shaped my thinking. I do not have all the answers, so I am on a journey of exploring creativity; looking at how that affects me and what I need to do differently as a result of what I learn.

Feel free to join me on this journey – I could use the company…