“The future is not what it was. Change is mandatory but growth is optional.”
Sir John Jones opened CreaCon12 by speaking with passion about the need for forward thinking and a change in approach to education. Starting with an image of a classroom in 1846 he explained how little has changed in the basic structure since that point. The methods remain the same, with children copying from books and being talked at and tested into submission.
The answer, according to Sir John is in creativity. He says that being creative is about being comfortable with the future, and being a “threshold adventurer” rather than a “play-it-safer”.
He quoted a student who asked, “Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google?” The answer to this, he said, was that Google could teach you a subject, whereas a teacher can give you the love of a subject.
He spoke of how there has to be a shift in thinking, and that it is in the hands of the educators to shift from single loop to double loop learning, and that creativity has to be the basis of this change.
His love of teaching was evident throughout, as he finished by saying “If there is a better calling in the world, I don’t know it.”