Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Is refusing to color today's "coloring outside the lines?"

In a comment on my recent post on creativity, Auntie Anne reports:

Our kid was graded down because he really, really wanted a project to be in black and white and the teacher insisted he had to color it.
This didn't use to happen... But now we're living in the 21st Century, and it's not just movies and TV shows and newspapers that are no longer in black and white. In the 21st Century, Everything is Different.

Remember how we used to turn "You're a jerk" into a compliment?
A jerk is a tug and a tug is a boat and a boat floats on water and water is nature and nature is beautiful. Thanks for the compliment.
Today we can turn "You have to color that" into preparing for the future:
Coloring is art and art is creativity and creativity is a 21st century skill and 21st century skills are what students need for tomorrow's jobs. Thanks for preparing me for my future.
A better strategy: if they give you ruled paper, write the other way; if they give you crayons, color outside the lines. Better yet, don't color at all. Educators say they love creativity and risk-taking, but when it comes to the real thing, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

1 comment:

Auntie Ann said...

Here we are 2 years later, he's in 6th grade and again got marked down about 20% for only putting words on and not "decorating" a small poster. Changed an high A into a low B.