Whilst this does not relate specifically to very young children it is interesting to consider how early childhood education can embrace children's creative talents.
Ted Talks: 'Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity', June 2006.
"Why don't we get the best out of people?"
Sir Ken Robinson argues we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies, far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity, are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences.
"We are educating people out of their creativity"
A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.
In 2010, (four years later) Robinson presented an inspiring and humerous follow-up to his 2006 presentation, called 'Bring on the learning revolution!'. He picks up where he left the last talk, referencing Al Gore's 'Climate Crisis' and says there is a second crisis, that demands equal urgency - "a crisis of human resources", that we "make poor use of our talents".
Robinson makes a compelling case for re-evaluating "a revolution" of our education systems to cater for all our talents.