Education and Creativity Essay

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Whether you are aware of it or not, we are all vested in education. Education forms the basis of what will be our and our children’s future. What children learn while in the education system will determine what the world will look like in the next coming decades. It is no wonder that this system is reliant on standardized tests and letter grades to evaluate how much a child knows and how well he or she fits into this educational system. Educators and researchers alike, however, have pondered if this structuralized and test-driven system is the best way to prepare children for the challenges of the future. Author and educator Sir Ken Robinson’s theory of creativity in schools explains the inadequacy of our current education system and a viable alternative to this flawed structure. Robinson argues that a structured education system that focuses on one type of learning (textbook and memorization) and places importance on certain subjects over others, stifles creativity and therefore fails to prepare children for the future, a future where innovation and creativity are key to success (Robinson). As children, we are in essence fearless, and arguably at our most creative stage in life. Children are imaginative in the games they play and the world they explore because they have not yet learned to be frightened by rejection and opinions. As adults, we have all acquired the fear of rejection. This fear stems from many places, but especially from education. In an education system based on mistakes (how many questions did you get wrong?), it is easy to develop a fear of mistakes and the subsequent rejection that comes along with this (Robinson). In our current education system, subjects are ranked in a hierarchy, placing math and languages near the top and the arts at the very bottom. This hierarchical system is based in this idea that math and languages will produce
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