There are unlimited forms that a person can take. Body contours, intellectual construction and personality all contribute to a person’s ultimate ‘shape’. With this in mind, now imagine a spherical container. You must fit a cubic object inside that container. In order to do this you must squeeze, compress and reshape the original object into something uncomfortable and unnatural. It becomes an object with lumps and bumps in all the wrong places, and one which will never quite function as a sphere or a cube. Similarly, take a child who is naturally a ‘creative shape’, not a plain circle or square, and sit them in a classroom and force them to work in a conventionalised manner. While children are not inanimate objects that you can squeeze and compress without a struggle, they must eventually submit and then what will you be left with? A shapeless human, ill fitted to any purpose.
This experience of the school system is what prompted Sir Ken Robinson to begin the revolution against cookie-cutter schooling. It was Robinson’s talk ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’, in 2006, that prompted Husband and Wife, Lewis and Melissa Quaye to start up ACEG, a company that follows the ethos of an individualised creative education for children in schools. The future is unpredictable, and so we need to acknowledge that the only way to prepare children for it is to educate them in a way which enables them to deal with the challenges they will face in the future. We need to keep creativity alive.
Here at ACEG we believe that something needs to change, and are taking steps to encourage a new approach to education that does not dim a single child’s distinct light.
So, are you with us?
Listen to Sir Ken Robinson’s inspirational talk about a more creative education system.