LIFESTYLE: Do schools kill children’s creativity?

As some of you many know, I have decided to pursue a career in Teaching. I think it was inevitable. Every single job I have ever had has been involved with teaching, coaching, and/or counseling children and youth. It also does not hurt that I find Kindergarten students to be the most hilarious things ever. There is something wild about the innocent, yet no-holds-barred attitude of a 5 year old. My question is, in what age do we begin to lose this confident and curious mentality? Is it our educational system that indirectly kills the passion for question and exploration in older children? Do teachers deter students from pursuing their creative dreams of dance, art, music because it is not a “formal” subject? I would like to think that here in British Columbia we have a very flexible and wonderful variety of teachers in our communities, however is the teaching curriculum malleable enough for the fantasy and ingenuity of today’s most creative kids? I hope that one day soon I will be able to teach lessons that are built on the interests of my students – through self-exploration, inventiveness, originality, and imagination.

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we are educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

“We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. Have a look for yourself, do you agree?

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