“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” – Pablo Picasso
With a 20th-Century attitude that tends towards permanence and rigid categorization, this is very difficult. And it’s why people who refuse to change, find the modern world increasingly hard to live in.There’s no stopping what’s happening, and the only practical response that we can make is to adapt. A key part of this is to adapt education so that future generations will be able to exist happily in a constant state of change.
This is not possible in a society where mistakes are stigmatized, because it represses the ability to take risks and chances. However, without risking a mistake, creativity is limited.
If we’re educating people for a future about which we have no clue, then we need to emphasize creativity over academic achievement, and celebrate rather than pour disdain on mistakes.
Technology and the explosion of population will make degrees and other categorizations increasingly irrelevant. What will set us free will be the celebration of the human imagination above all. A central part of that is the celebration of music.