Stop Letting Our Education System Kill Creativity

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Our education system is broken. We have placed subjects like science, technology, engineering, and math above all others. In fact, it seems as though no other subjects matter. It seems as though there is no value in creative subjects such as art and English. The arts are at the bottom of every hierarchy in the education system worldwide.

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects are very important. However, we went wrong when we put priority on these subjects over others and don’t allow for creative ways to learn the material. Creativity in schools doesn’t just mean teaching “creative” subjects. In fact, an article on creativity in education argues that defining what subjects are creative contradicts what creativity means. What matters is allowing children to learn in creative ways. In many ways, children don’t know that something is wrong until they are told it is. Limiting how children think is the dangerous first step to killing their creativity.

We have all been at the point in our education when we contemplate our chosen major. Have I picked something that will make money? Is this a field in which I will be able to find a job? What degree will make me more valuable to employer? These thoughts are the result of the education system we experienced growing up.

In his TED talk, Ken Robinson, talks about the fact that a lot of highly talented and brilliant people think that they aren’t, all because the things they may have been good at in school were never valued. He puts education on the stand and points out where we went wrong in the inflation of education. And that moving forward in this way will harm our children’s futures as we let our education system rob them of their creativity. After watching this video, think about how we treat children who are restless and have a lot of energy, or simply need to move in order to be able to think.

Ken Robinson also digs into “how” the education system kills creativity.

We must encourage creativity; creativity in how we think, how we come up with answers and solutions to problems, and how we approach learning. Creativity in science, technology, engineering, math, English, art, and every other subject studied. As Ken Robinson said, we cannot afford to let our children grow out of, or be educated out of, creativity. Creativity can nurture and enhance education if we let it. Creativity will mold the future of advances in technology and a cure to cancer. In fact, an article in the The Journal argues the economic importance of creativity in education:

“Fostering creativity in education today will fuel the economy in the future.”

We must encourage creativity in education!

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One thought on “Stop Letting Our Education System Kill Creativity

  1. Roman, my man! Thanks for this post and the videos you provided. I didn’t realize there was a TedTalk on this topic, very cool. This point really stood out for me: “Have I picked something (a major) that will make money? Is this a field in which I will be able to find a job? What degree will make me more valuable to employer? These thoughts are the result of the education system we experienced growing up.” I think adults and parents have a duty to give our children a different experience than we had. Life is not about being valuable and getting picked by employers, yet this is what we emphasis. I think it is a component, but should not be the focus for our 14,000 hours spent in school (K-12)!

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