I just posted something new on my blog
about the book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future.
. I know it's been very popular in the education community, and I can see why. We certainly need more creativity and freedom in education.
However, I found some things really bothered me about the book and I share them in my post.
The idea that you have to divide people into two camps, claim that one has been "ruling" over the other and that this must change is divisive. I don't know that I can support a call for creativity based on diminishing the accomplishments and gifts of some people and trumpeting others. Don't we as educators need to celebrate the gifts of all children, not talk about how one type of "mind" will "rule?"
I also found his examples really weak and the creativity exercises uninspiring. Perhaps my expectations were set too high, or perhaps I just took the attack on left-brainers personally.
Read and let me know what you think!