Life is creative. Learn like it.

What is creative education and why do we need it? Yarra Ranges Life TV dropped by on a chilly May morning to find out!

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Creative Education…

“Creativity is a state of being. It has three factors… skill, practices and knowledge. Many creative skills we’re aware of, such as imagination and divergent and critical thinking. However, creative practices we’re less familiar with, and creative knowledge even lesser-so again.

For example, creative practices include self-discipline, self-motivation and self-evaluation, and creative knowledge (theory) includes creativity’s purpose, functions and gifts.

So, to be creative, one must master these three factors of creativity:

  • creative skills
  • creative practices, and
  • creative knowledge including theory.

However, to be creative (remember creativity is a state of being), requires IMMERSION.

Creative Education must, therefore, educate through the creative process rather than the academic process.”

Jane Macdonald

To do this, Creative Education blends:

  • learning through the creative process

  • question-based learning including inquiry projects, problem-solving, collaboration and studios

  • democratic education… all participants govern and shape our culture and regulations

  • student-directed learning incorporating individual education programs, learning contracts and projects

  • multi-age learning across home groups, literacy, numeracy, specialist classes and studios

  • a curriculum… we use the Australian in primary and likely the International Baccalaureate in secondary

  • a unified high-tech, high-eco environment

  • animal, agricultural and conservation experiences

  • local, national and international projects, and

  • a union of high-tech, high-eco environments

  • local, national, and international community engagement
  • student-lead social and ecological enterprises born of students’ projects, and

  • a creative, contemporary and visionary learning community.


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SoCE’s BIG Why

Watched over 41 million times, Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk focuses upon THE WHY… why do we do what we do?

Inspired by his talk, we share our WHY with you below.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxPuget Sound, an independent event in 2009.

A social problem

The call for more creativity is loud.

Greater creativity and wellbeing are being called for by our social, environmental, industrial and political sectors. They are faced with ‘wicked problems’ and seek our collaborators, project workers and problem solvers.

Our children want greater creativity and wellness too … they know they are faced with problems and yearn to be our collaborators, project workers and problem solvers and our educational sector asks our schools to integrate these needs.

The problem is that, despite the call, creativity is not encultured in Australian education.

Furthermore, research shows our academic process actively disables creativity.

Knowing this, should we consciously ask, is it true? Do we really allow our schools to kill creativity? Are we choosing, consciously or otherwise, to disable our kids’ creativity?

If our answer is “yes”, can we intentionally ask, why are we doing that? What purpose will it serve? And most importantly, what can we do about it?

After all, we have a duty of care.

In the U.S.A., creative education is viewed as a children’s rights issue.
We don’t talk about that in Australia.

What we talk about is the children who struggle in education. 25% drop out. Frustrated, bored, intelligent, questioning, rebellious, distracted, disengaged, tenacious, they slip through the cracks.

A social solution

We are concerned that research shows:

  • childrens’ creative abilities substantially reduce during their school years
  • a social, economic and environmental demand for creativity, and
  • increasing current and emerging social and ecological issues for which solutions are not yet found.

SoCE aims to ensure our children have the best possible chance to:

  • grow into adults adept to working together
  • be part of the solution to social and ecological and social issues, and
  • are able to co-create their chosen culture, long after we are gone.

We do this by providing education through:

  • the creative process rather than the academic
  • the democratic process rather than the authoritarian
  • the natural world rather than the manufactured.

Research shows the creative process over the academic process:

  • enables creativity
  • develops academic skills and knowledge
  • enhances well being, and
  • is mankind’s natural educator.

Creativity is even predicted to create a more just society.

SoCE is not waiting for our educational sector to transform.

We have created …

Australia’s first creative primary school
replicable anywhere in Australia.

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