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Does school kill creativity?

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Georgina Taylor

on 27 January 2014

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Does school kill creativity?
The Board of Education
Everyone who decides what we do in school are university professors - the 2% of their school that the current school system suited
Not known for being creative, enjoying sport, the arts or vocational subjects
What about those of us that do?
Does school suit you?
Children are unafraid of making mistakes
However throughout primary school, we're punished for getting things wrong
By the time we get to secondary school, we're scared of being wrong
Only about 2% of students
will find this highly academic way of learning effective
Where does that leave the rest of us?
The hierarchy of subjects
All institutes - including school - begun in the 19th century.

At this time, you needed three subjects to get a job: English, Maths and Science.

To this day, these are the three subjects that all schools push most, even though any number of jobs will demand higher qualifications in the "lower priority" subjects.
Who to blame?
Firstly, teachers are not to blame! Our year, year 11 2013-14,
will begin to retire in 2061
.

How can they know what sort of skills we'll need that far in the future?

Although blaming people won't fix the problem, the Board of Education decide what we do and don't do in school;
they're the people who think they know
what sort of skills we need for our future.
My solution
Year seven: trial all subjects for a short time
Year eight: choose a course tailored to
you
Year eight-ten:
free to swap out
of course if you're not enjoying it
However, the later you change the fewer qualifications available for time constraint reasons. Advice will
always
be available regarding swaps
The course provides you with
qualifications you enjoy
Leading you into a
career you enjoy

In conclusion
We cannot be creative when we're discouraged from being wrong
We cannot be creative in a school system we don't enjoy
It's not impossible to change the school system
Regarding recent proposals to axe GCSEs in Drama and PE:
We take the politicians that have made this proposal
Ask them for just five hours every two weeks of their time
Enter them for the exams
See how 'soft' they are now
And see the bigger picture!
In the end, it doesn't have to be about qualifications. In the performing arts world alone, 99% of why you'll get given the job depends on your audition or interview.

If the school system doesn't suit you, why shouldn't you be able to prove yourself in other ways?
What if the professional world wasn't about the qualifications you earned at school?

What if, like through an interview and audition, you could show your employer what you could do?

After all, surely you'll learn along the way...

Why do all careers have to be institution based?
They limit a students potential
They continuously fail to think outside the box
They destroy potential
Today, schools kill creativity
And the worst thing?
They could be completely different
So...
So what do you think - would you change the school system?
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