What is creativity?
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October 31, 2016
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This video was made after working for a few hours with 6th graders in a school that for many, due to academic and behavioral challenges, was “a last chance” to stay in the system. Obviously these are very bright people whom the current school system is failing. At the root of the eloquence they exhibit in the
video is a simple Children’s Media Workshop (CMW) secret weapon - turning the learning over to them. They own and are responsible for their own performance. This is a complete flip of what school unfortunately and probably mostly unconsciously promotes.
And what about art education?
With our art as education program, the standardized Sage test proficiency in Math for this class went from 13% to 67%. the principal credited this transformation entirely to our program using art experience to change learning patterns, with critical ZAP
Results like these demand action and the CMW team is working on a plan to make this transformation possible for classrooms across the country, stay tuned.
John Schaefer is the Director for the Children's Media Workshop, a ZAP Tier II organization.
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