This morning I noticed that the Twitter hashtag #askSKR can be used to direct a question to Sir Ken Robinson. His answers, via video clips, appear on his blog http://sirkenrobinson.com/skr/askskr-question-8-creativity-is-not-just-for-the-arts
I pretty much immediately tweeted my question, which I hope he will find interesting enough to answer, as follows:
@SirKenRobinson Do you believe there is a connection between compassion and creativity and if so, how do you see this? #askSKR
Actually, I’d like to hear from anyone who has ideas about the relationship between compassion and creativity. My own ideas about this are sort of evolving around the notion that as the educational culture leans more and more towards rote learning and testing, it cannot possibly be considered to be compassionate. In fact some of the recent trends (closing schools that don’t meet standards is an example) almost have an quality of violence that needs to be explored. I believe that if the system *was* to become more compassionate, creativity and critical thinking might be enhanced, bullying reduced, etc.
A bit later in the day I discovered the Sir Ken Robinson Blogathon via Joe Bower….
http://www.joebower.org/2011/01/calling-all-bloggers-sir-ken-robinson.html?spref=tw – A perfect opportunity since I had been wanting to blog about the hashtag and encourage everyone to submit questions.
I really look forward to seeing how the blogathon turns out and think it’s a great idea.
Note that I’ve mentioned Sir Ken in my blog posts (and responding to other blogs as well) several times over the past year or so. He’s fun and funny and has a message that I truly want to see more recognized in education. I met him at UBC last spring when I attended his presentation there and after asking me where I was from, he asked me how early I had to get up to make it to UBC in time (my answer was a shocking 5:00 a.m. which meant I was highly motivated).
Here are some of my mentions of him: