Posts Categorized: education

Debunking Common Cultural Misconceptions About Creativity

‘Creativity’ is today’s choicest term. And yet much mysticism has come to cloud this word over time. Unlike the illusive imagery that accompanies the pronouncement of this word – I’m thinking of hair suspended in a perpetual state of static, of feverish dances with paint on canvas, and of heads in ovens – creativity is a […]

The Death of Critical Enquiry: Is Neoliberalism Ushering in an Age of Conformity?

What the increasing dismissal of the Humanities implies about our culture at large.    Recently in Japan, humanities departments have come under attack. The government has ordered universities to discontinue these departments and shift focus, instead, towards fields with ‘greater utilitarian values’. Not only does this seem alarming, but it is indicative of a trend that […]

Neelkanth Chhaya on the Systematisation of Education and the Commodification of Architecture

“This university was conceived as an adventure.”   Every once in a while, somebody delivers a speech that magically transports us across the ocean of humanity through the prism of our personal experiences. Prof Neelkanth Chhaya’s lecture at Ahmedabad’s CEPT University in the February of 2015, was such a speech. Drawing upon a web of observations, his speech […]

From the 3 R’s to the 3 C’s in Education: Curiosity, Curation and Creativity

The art of curation isn’t about the individual pieces of content, but about how these pieces fit together, what story they tell by being placed next to each other, and what statement the context they create makes about culture and the world at large. – Maria Popova, Brain Pickings As a child, one hoarded seemingly […]