Schools Killing Creativity
It was the summer of two thousand twelve, my senior year was about to start and I already wanted it to be over. I just kept thinking to myself how much I didn’t want to go through the same routine again. I knew it so well that I could do it in my sleep. Waking up early in the morning, then going to about five classes a day and listening to the teacher go on and on about the lesson. At some point I felt like information was being thrown at me and I found myself disconnecting from school by skipping classes, or just simply not going to school. School was just becoming so overwhelming and boring. Schools need to implement more curriculums that promote different learning styles also including creativity and originality by using a variety of learning materials and hands-on activities.
Ken Robinson is an English author, speaker, and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and art bodies. In his two thousand ten TED talk, Ken Robinson discussed how schools need to become a place that nurtures creativity and imagination instead of taking it away and teaching in a uniform way thus creating a dull atmosphere. In this article, Robinson takes an interesting approach to convey his point across that school systems are modeled on industrialization and has what he calls the “product line” mentality. Our education system comes from a time where people were just starting to break away from the traditional religious views and replacing them with reasoning and facts from science. We need an education system that instills enthusiasm in our children instead of making them inattentive.
Regardless of their individual differences students are expected to master the same concepts. Helping students to enjoy learning is a challenging task but it is not impossible. Using a variety of learning material would make the learning experience more enjoyable. According to his speech, “All children start their school...