Creativity Frightens Me

When I read statements like Harold Jarche’s below, I confess to a bit of helpless despair:

First of all, learn real skills, not just how to make it in an organization. Artists first learn the skills of their field. Learn how to code, bake, or some other defined skill. Master it, and then start breaking the rules. This is the Picasso approach. “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” [attributed].

In this quote, he encourages us to learn real skills. Do those skills include writing? They must…I guess I need to get creative.

The second half of that first sentence hurts–not just how to make it in an organization. You know, I get that. That’s why an education has been valuable. How many times have I seen some young degreed person walk into a job and take over from someone who has a wealth of experience? Of course, I’m referring to department sales jobs at Burlington Coat Factory, JC Penney, and other places.

How long before teachers get pushed out because we’ve reformed their work into high stakes test administrators and RTI interventionists?


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