Steve Jobs quote: “I’m one of the few people who understands how producing technology requires intuition and creativity, and how producing something artistic takes real discipline.”
Inventors such as Rylan Grayston say things like, “I just want to invent.” Invent, or dance, or write or… this is passion for what you do. (See the above CBC story about his 3-D printer.)
Eleanor Catton, artist, the author of the Booker and GG winning novel The Luminaries, says “…what we’re trying to do is to create things that do not yet exist in the world.” (The National Post) I imagine that’s the same thing Rylan Grayston is passionate about doing.
I’m thinking about this because I fear K-12 education is under threat by politicians who want students to have inventive spirits, but are pushing an education system that encourages the opposite. You can’t encourage innovation without developing the three things Steve Jobs recognized were important: intuition, creativity and discipline, and these can’t be measured easily on a standardized test. They are, though, the things a good inquiry-based arts program brings to the school. If you really believe in innovation, support more arts in schools. If you want more Rylan Graysons (and his 3-D printer is truly amazing) encourage kids to be artistic in the way Steve Jobs saw artistic (intuitive, creative, disciplined).
More arts, more science, more invention, more excitement, more passion about learning. Less panic about standardized testing. Pet peeve.