Standardized Tests, Standardized Students: The US Education System is Killing Creatives

If you know me, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say I like new takes on old ideas. I’m all about refining past creations, whether they’re still popular today or had a short stay in the mainstream 80 years ago. I like experimental film, experimental food, even experimental humor. Something that I’m not […]

Virtual Playgrounds for the Self

What does it mean to be creative? Or, for that matter, to achieve literacy of any kind – or even to learn? Ken Robinson raises these questions, and more, in his TED talk on whether or not schools eradicate creativity as we grow older. He speaks about taking chances and being spontaneous as children, a […]

Channeling Your Inner Creator

Do you remember that feeling as a child of being fearless to doing just about anything in life? That feeling that allowed you to use your imagination to play make believe by yourself or wear whatever insanely mismatched outfit you wanted? I sure do and it’s something I rarely get to feel nowadays. The way […]

What about the Right side?

Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms,methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination . It’s something that we all have, but not something that is always acknowledged.     Creativity gives individuals the chance to express themselves in a […]

How Should We Regard Creativity?

I have been involved in the arts since I was five years old, starting with dance. I did several different forms; ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary, and later learned the piano and guitar. I am a declared studio art major and intend on pursuing something in the arts post-grad in hopes of doing something I […]

There Isn’t One Right Answer to a Question

Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity” discusses something that I have found true for years, schools are systemized in a way that caters to only a certain type of student. This topic has interested me so much actually that my senior thesis for my Anthropology degree had a focus on how after school […]

Specialist vs. Generalist

I have always considered myself a well rounded person. It is actually something that I have prided myself on. Being involved in the art club but also varsity sports in high school, and now being an undergraduate double major in Film and New Media and Anthropology. I like to think that there is a wide […]