“A writer uses words, a musician notes, an artist visual perceptions, and all need some knowledge of the techniques of their crafts. But a creative individual intuitively sees possibilities for transforming ordinary data into a new creation, transcendent over the mere raw materials.” –Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
I work in a left-brained world—language-based, sequential, and schedule-driven. Edward’s description of creativity stuns me this morning as I contemplate the contrast of her insights with the present educational system.
Last weekend, I set aside my left-brain obsession with production and entered the magical world of artistry. The cravings for creativity overtook my normal compulsion to stay on course.
“The right brain—the dreamer, the artificer, and the artist—is lost in our school system and goes largely untaught.” -Betty Edwards
Yet the workweek is well underway, and I’m wondering once again, what has become of our educational system? Groans from disappointment erupt into unanswered questions.
I see the ill effects that artistically void learning has on students’ minds. By middle school, the concept of creativity does not readily spark most. I worry over human souls so young and yet so void of innovation. My attempts to offer opportunities for imagination and artistic exploration often drip down blank stares.
“…the right hemisphere hasn’t a good sense of time and doesn’t seem to comprehend what is meant by the term “wasting time,” as does the good, sensible left hemisphere.” -Betty Edwards
And yet, many of my students do not fit into the left-brained world of education. They lack sequential processing, time management, and language aptitude. They are prime candidates to be artists, evidenced by their lack of ability or concern with staying on task, fluidity with spatial tasks, and use of intuition.
“We certainly are aware of the effects of inadequate training in verbal, computational skills. The verbal left hemisphere never seems to recover fully, and the effects may handicap students for life. What happens, then, to the right hemisphere that is hardly trained at all?” -Betty Edwards
This, in my left-brained estimation, is a modern-day tragedy.
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