Creative Wildfires and Divergent Paths

haulin netCreativity burns hot within those who opt not to take their inner songs with them to the grave. Whatever fuels creativity — passion, muse, spirit, spirits, magic, necessity, yearning, emotion — seems to be alive in some and dormant in others.

But creativity alone does not yield quality fruit. It takes extreme effort and the willingness to risk baring one’s soul.

In a variety of ways, creativity rekindles the soul. We may sing, play music, dance, orienteer, write poems, blog, build furniture, paint, code websites, cook fine dinners, invent new gadgets, decorate, design a new offense, eat dessert first. Or not.

Often, teachers lack time and energy to dabble in their own creative pursuits as they toil managing the creative output of so many students. Says Patrick in “Thoughts on Art”:

I have picked up my paint brushes after a year break due to the demands of my teaching and distance learning jobs and I must admit, at first I was very frustrated trying to get back to where I left off last year.

And David is getting ready to relive his beach music roots with a reunion gig:

A bunch of us get back together and play, and this weekend, I’ll drive home from Charlotte, and we’re going to try to record some of our music, before some of us get to be too old to pick up a guitar.

I appreciate the value of sabbaticals and NCCAT to keep the creative fire aglow in teachers. I have read Richard Florida and Daniel Pink, both of whom wave the banner of creativity as the key determinant to the future success of the individual and the nation. And I keep up with the conversations on New Schools as the creative answer to educational malaise.

I read the blogosphere and see that Miguel is pondering what it takes to prepare students to make video resumes:

How are we guiding our students to develop these skills, and where are we sharing the examples?

Miquel’s post aligns with The New Workforce: Five Sweeping Trends That Will Shape Your Company’s Future (2004). Harriet Hankin, the HR futurist author, sees job seeking and job recruiting going automated. She sees centralized recruiting centers, centralized databases of candidates, and centralized databases of companies. She sees video resumes and virtual interviews.

The challenge for schools is that we have to get creative in our approaches to prepare students for such an eventuality. I think we in NC have an incredible headstart with College Foundation of North Carolina, the vaunted inter-relational database of the future. And I think a mandate should require all NC high school students to take at least one on-line class at North Carolina Virtual Public School.

What is going to be difficult for us is how to figure out the rest of future-ready for our students . . . if we as professionals allow our personal flames of creativity to flicker and fade.

Where then will we discover our most divergent paths?

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One Response to Creative Wildfires and Divergent Paths

  1. Joe, loved the lead paragraph. Thanks for sharing! I wrote a little bit here at:
    http://www.mguhlin.net/archives/2007/04/entry_3092.htm

    Best wishes,
    Miguel Guhlin
    Around the Corner-MGuhlin.net
    http://mguhlin.net

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