If you have not yet seen Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talk, please stop whatever you’re doing and watch it *now*. It will open your mind and give you reason for pause. I have never been an incredibly gifted creator. I thnk of myself as generally intelligent but I can say for certain that I have more or less lost my creative spark. I also know I have had few (if any) truly creative – e.g., entirely original – ideas in my life. In fact, I would venture to guess that is a fact of life for the majority of the world’s population. I think there may be a reason for this and so does Sir Ken Robinson. In this video from the TED meetings in Monterey (a very interesting annual “thinkers” gathering), Sir Robinson makes profoundly moving case for creating an education system that fosters creativity, rather than “teaching” it out. Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize — much less cultivate — the talents of many brilliant people. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says.

I tend to agree with Sir Robinson and am personally working on allowing, and encouraging my kids to continue to create without boundaries for now. If the square is not quite right, who really cares, it’s all creative energy that is building brain power and cognitive ability. The details of correct shapes all the way to art history will become clear over time. For now, let there be ART and make your kids (and yourself) SMART!