Today we are educated out of creativity. Our school system need to take care and spark creativity, not kill it!
For a long while I have been fascinated by education as well as how to cater creativity in the best way. Education is such a great thing we have almost all over the world, and in the parts where education is not available for everyone, we all struggle to make it available so every child on this earth could get an education.
Creativity on the other hand is something considered positive before school, pushed away during the time in the school system and then creativity is sincerely missed when entering the work life that will last for about 40 years.
The question I have been thinking about a lot lately is the following:
Almost every education in the world follow the same path and almost everyone uses the same method of teaching (small variations). Is the way we do it really the best way? Is math, literacy etc really the most important things today, because there is a clear hierarchy in education and math, literacy etc is on top of that list, but where is creativity?
To be honest I hated school. The first school I ever even considered liking was the first part of Military Academy, the part that was focused on leading special forces units at war. I loved it, the second part of Military Academy was way more focused on theory and again I lost interest. I even forced the academy management to insert an exercise where we as cadets again put on our harness, backpack and weapon for a short but intense 24h exercise. The operation was called “The Horse” and was a big failure, mainly due to the fact that I as a young cadet left all alone without any guidance to facilitate and plan an exercise for app 200 military cadets. I was at least creative. Now back to the subject….
How many creative souls do we loose during the school years?
Creativity is as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.
If kids do not know the solution to a problem, the will at least give it a creative go to solve the problem, take a chance. Adult are afraid of doing wrong, kids are not. That is a big difference that really puts the finger on how school and we as adults kill creativity. We should instead focus on keeping that creativity alive.
We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out if it
Or put in other words, we are educated out of it.
Thera are more backlashes of this type of school-system. Highly talented creative individuals are treated as “different”. Their specific creative spark (dancing, art and other creative categories) is considered weird and actions are taken to “make them normal”. That is pure talent destruction. Some will fight back and if you think of it we all know who they are when you look back at your school years? You see them on TV, read about them in the papers, but then you have all of those who’s creativity was killed…….and now they are constantly struggling to get it back.