This is actually a very interesting video about how schools stifle creative growth and discourage the use of the creative mind.
This is a video especially relevant to something my school Guidance Department said to the sophomore class contemplating future careers. Essentially, they encouraged those pursuing conventional jobs (doctors, lawyers, teachers etc.), while discouraging those who expressed an interest in the arts or other professions of creative expression. They basically told us that those who pursued more creative careers should consider a more realistic and reliable occupation, as we would most likely be unsuccessful in our creative endeavors.
We have a fantastic arts program at my school, and much opportunity to explore our creativity, both in the classroom and after school. However, the idea that the traditional subjects of math, english language arts, the sciences and the humanities being of higher value than the arts is something that transcends all levels of education.
It’s pretty simple: academically enthusiastic kids are encouraged, kids enthusiastic towards creative expression and the arts are discouraged, and often molded into the more ideal student, effectively stifling the creative mind altogether.
What do you think? Let us know below! Do schools stifle creative growth?
“In three years of teaching, this is, by far, my favorite student error.”
I was trying to explain interjections to someone the other day and wound up singing this song.
Schoolhouse Rock, Interjections (by dawemmy)
This is the other version ;)
I, Monica Jean, do swear to log out of Tumblr the minute this text post is posted and go work on my history research paper.
I will work on the research paper until dinner, at which time I will eat as much food as possible as quickly as possible so I can get back to finishing my paper.
I will not turn to snacks, tea, fanfiction, Tumblr, my fluffy kitten, Facebook, classic/Disney movies, books, Nutella, reading something that isn’t about British imperialism in India, acting, Twitter, cool indie bands, Starkid, memorizing a monologue, YouTube, Harry Potter, writing (fanfiction or otherwise), cleaning my room, texting, online shopping, nature walks, or napping as a means of further procrastination.
Failure to abide by these set conditions will result in complete and utter shame for my lack of self control and ability to focus, the embarrassment of being a blithering, uneducated idiot for knowing nothing about the social, political and economic effects of imperialism in India, and a ban from Tumblr, food, naps, kittens, tea etc. (see complete list of distractions above) until the paper is completely, utterly, flawlessly finished and moves my history teacher to tears upon reading it.