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February 14, 2009

Killing Creativity in Education

This video was shared by a classmate in my LBS course.

I love what he says about educational systems being designed to provide training for people to work during the industrial revolution. How schools and educational programs were designed to prepare people for higher education. How we have placed no value in creative arts for no reason and therefore dissuaded people from pursing creative things that make them happy and that they may be good at.

Our society places a great deal of value on young people who can run and jump and catch balls on a playing field or in a stadium, but little value on young people who move their bodies to music in dance.

We see promise in young people who can stand in front of a room and make a speech and little value on young people who sit quietly and write stories in journals and diaries.

We applaud the young person who sketches the blueprints for a high rise office building but ignore a young person who draws and paints in an art studio.

If we could recognize and teach to student strengths and talents and interests instead of teaching them to further the interests of the industrialized nation, perhaps overall our society would be more advanced on more levels than we currently are.

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