Does the imagination matter?


By Mrs. Katherine Hull, Upper School Lead Teacher

Does the imagination matter?

In education, parents and teachers desire confirmation that the education they are giving to their children is a quality one. Data is often what parents and school turn toward: what are the test results? What is the acceptance rate? What high schools and colleges are students matriculating into? These points of data are good and helpful, certainly informative. A teacher would be a poor teacher if they did not care about ensuring academic progress and growth in their students, and lack of excellence would generally be clear in the data.

At ILS, the faculty cares very deeply for the quality of education that they engage in with students. Notice, we don't say that children simply receive educations - that is too passive! They should be very much at work in their learning. This learning includes academic arenas: our students should be able to interact well with mathematical and scientific concepts, using a foundation of factual knowledge and a blossoming understanding of how math and science relate to other disciplines. Our students should be able to understand the order found the progression of world history, and should have a working ability to recall important periods and instances in history. Our students should be able to think, write, and speak with clarity and logic.

Yet, an education that covers all these things would be incomplete at best. What is point of learning if all our work is not constantly centered on God's word? How can a student use mathematics well without some sense of creativity? How can children fulfill their future vocations, or appreciate the finer things of life, without also a love for beauty? Hence, students at ILS dedicate portions of their time to spiritual formation and to subjects that will help them learn to love what is lovely, such as music.

Tangible or intangible, academic or spiritual, our students must engage with their studies. Part of that process for students is the activation of their imaginations. If you are at all intrigued by
the role of creativity in education, you have touched on an idea that classical educators talk about quite frequently!

What do you think the role of creativity is in education? We hope you will strike up a conversation!


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