Preventing the Destruction of Creativity
The contemporary world in which we live in is evolving at an exceedingly rapid rate for any education system. The challenges of learning become harder with time. Tomorrow cannot be forecasted therefore the education system has to be flexible to keep up with advancement in technology and population. All the education systems used in the world are not very different from each other as neither of them is perfect. The pattern followed is studying, memorize for a test, pass the test and forget all that was covered. Years down the line the people that emerge from this education systems become futile in the society. The only thing they can do is just getting employed at a high paying job and that is it for them. These schooling methodologies have been gradually destroying creativity. The youths do not have the opportunity of creation just because the education system used has no room for creativity and innovation.
The skills that students get from schools do not help them in being creative. Instead, academics enslave the youths into working for those who have already made it in life. According to the world we live in now, if a student is not good in mathematics, physics or chemistry they have no future. Such kids are mistreated and reprimanded which deteriorates their self-esteem (Giang, 2013). Therefore this notion should be brought to an end since not everyone is talents in academic work, but that does not imply they are completely useless. Schools should have other co-curriculum activities such as athletics, basketball, football, swimming among others. By creating this alternative channel students poor in academics will have a field in which they can be creative and thrive.
The current education’s assessment systems should be revamped because it is majorly based on numerical grades and small tests, which emanate from the idea of standardization (In Silton, 2017). Such a scheme is unfair considering that people are different, some are a bit quick will others are slow. Additionally for a school to be successful, the teaching techniques used have to be of high quality. Unfortunately, most tutors are demoralizing since the standardized curriculum strains their creativity level. Teachers should become the source of creativity among their students by accepting and encouraging. In doing so students feel motivated and they continue to work to the best of their ability.
Some people believe that only a handful of individuals can be creative. But this is not true since everyone has great potential although not everyone develops it (Robinson, 2006). Reasons for most youths not to live to their full potential are lack of proper guidance and support from the education system and business. Students are forced from schools to be uniform which is perceived to be the right life path. But in real essence, it drains off people their creative capabilities producing a workforce whose primary agenda is conformity. Businesses and nonprofits should come up with initiatives that seek to harness innovative ideas. Projects of this kind will entice many people to believe in themselves and reveal their potential.
An exam does not determine creativity, neither is it a skill that can be taught, nor a program to develop. It is an art of viewing things in a different manner beyond walls that once stood in the way. It entails picturing an image that has never been seen before. Schools, businesses and the community at large should work in unison to support creativity.
Giang, V. (2013, January 24). Our Education System Is Killing Creativity. Retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.com/a-ted-talk-on-how-the-education-systen-is-killing-creativity-2013-1?IR=T
In Silton, N. R. (2017). Exploring the benefits of creativity in education, media, and the arts(1st ed.).
Robinson, K. (2006). Do schools kill creativity? [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity