Do schools kill our children's creativity?

@ellie26 (4128)
Malaysia
May 6, 2008 9:29am CST
Our future lies in the hand of our children. And our children's future lies in our hands. If our children are being born with higher degree of consciousness than we are, is our way of living and education holding them back from their true potential? Whether you are parents or not parents yet, do share your thoughts.
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• United States
7 May 08
I do think schools are more concerned about learning and teaching to the test than they are with allowing kids to be creative. That's why it's so important for parent's to allow for plenty of creative pursuits at home. And coloring books do not count.
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• United States
7 May 08
Very god point, coloring books zap creativity, not spark it. I love the plain old blank sheets of paper, and thirteen different tools to add life to it. My kids have a ton of artsy supplies, and never run out of ideas.
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• China
6 May 08
I don't think so ,the children must bu full of education. In China,the interest among children is very important! I never asked my kids what to do,i just do with his interest,i hope he will do a useful,i told him work hard!
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• China
7 May 08
In many countries, most of the kids' creativity are ploughed, cause they have to learn what their teachers have taught from the books, otherwise they can not enter high school or university, they have to study and study.
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
6 May 08
i honestly feel that right now is the time to change the curriculum in all schools coz it is way too outdated. like you said on your topic, school seems to be the main source of killing one's creativity. after reading a book by leo buscaglia, he stated there that our school right now seems to mold a student based on what they want them to be but not what the kids want to be, he gives an example like in a art subject the teacher will ask the student to draw a tree and everybody will surely draw but since the teacher draw something like a lollipop in the board most kids will draw the same way and whoever do different the teacher will mark them lower than what he is really. i gave such example coz kids have their own personality and they excel in a different way, we cannot expect them to behave like the kid next to him or understand the way the others does coz it is not gonna happen. in a group of student, there will always be one or two who will grasp the subject so fast and those kids will have to wait till the others understand what they have understand few days ago. such thing makes them bored and just follow the others and that makes their knowledge and skills drop down coz they cannot express or advance whenever they want. saying all this, my husband and i agreed that we will just home school our kid and give them the best education that most kids in their age will not know yet, we dont want to pull our kid's knowledge or skill because he belongs to a school, being at home school will enable the kid to learn what he wants to learn BUT STILL learning the basics that schools teach. i dont know what is the replacement for the education right now but if you will ask me the best thing to find out is to ask every child at school what they want to learn and based the learning process from that. at least we are not making a pattern of same student every year, i think you know what i mean by saying same pattern right? (curriculum are always the same every year) advancement will only happen if we let the kids explore and learn the way they want to learn, i dont know just my idea of how i want to learn anyway, i would love to learn your insights about this. takecare
@kitty_7 (280)
• Netherlands
16 May 08
I am not totally agree with your idea!: ( That is not the school's responsbility, but the education system and also our socity! And aslo the parents, the creatity ability is also from the parents of the kids,isn't it? if the parents do not have those kind of talent, how can you ask the kids have that!: ) I have to say the kids face to more and more stress and competition now, even you give them speace they will never listence to you! they also want to be the best one! Maybe we have to wait till our socity get slow down,then there are more free time and space for kids to create something they really want and not feel anymore stress!
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@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
10 May 08
it is quite different if our children are not send to school. if we are dependent on learning at home from their mother, there is a huge lack of learning. creativity comes only if they are trained to use their minds how to create a things. school plays a major role to the child.
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@suehan1 (4356)
• Australia
8 May 08
i agree to a point about schools killing childens creativity.i think as parents we should looking into what a school has to offer and if that is not suitable for your child,look into another school that may offer a more creative environment.my daughter goes to a performing arts school,with drama ,dance ,singing and everything to do with the arts.they are definately creative.so i feel that there are schools that can offer an alternative its just a matter of looking at what is good for your child.cheers sue
• United States
8 May 08
Thankfully I am not a parent but if I were, my children would be have a tutor or would be home schooled. These days the schools are not going to teach anything that isn't on the test. That means art, music, dance, and recess will soon disappear.It is sad. When I went to school I got to be in the chorus and I got to learn a musical instrument.And I had a good art class. But now all of these things are so very hard to find.
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@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
7 May 08
I think it depends on the school's expectation and curriculum. Most schools here are adapting to creative learning. I especially find this true in pre-schoolers. As for basic education, I guess there is nothing much of creativity that can be done except in projects which students are now undertaking. Creativity can nutured and learn out of school.
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@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
7 May 08
ok. i guess we are loosing our perspective what school is. it is a practice ground for our children learning how to be grown ups or as adults. it is not all academic, it is only a medium in school use to train our kids to be obedient, disciplined and become responsible adults.it actually, enhances their creativity. the bulk of education starts from home, from the parents. if any kid could hurdle the taxing task school provides our children then they "might " do well in the real world. school is only part of the tool to make them responsible adults. like i said , everything starts from home.school is their second home and family.
• China
7 May 08
Yes,indeed schools kill kids' creativity.However,they are just kids not adult,so its not the time for them to achieve the wold and realize the pressure from work and study.It's just okey for them to play and express themselves as they like.Maybe you will say its also important to know the framework of science.But i'll still to say its not the time to them know this.Perhaps,we worry too much about our kids,for they are our future.
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• United States
7 May 08
When I was a kid, it varied from school to school and teacher to teacher. I don't think the schools were quite a structured as they are now. They seem so rigid nowadays with the curriculum compared to when I was a kid. A lot of schools are cutting out art and music. Then again, a lot of schools now have classes that I never had as a child. I would say, with me, it was really work that killed my creativity. I used to have a lot more when I was in school and it was often encouraged. Now, I feel like I'm forced into a mold in order to make money so I can survive.
@hanyixin (67)
• China
7 May 08
there are some factors kill the children's creativity in my country.. but it is hard to chang it ..sometimes we must chang myself.learn more ,activity more..and so on . so i think whatever affect our creativity,we should do our bit.and try to do everything
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
7 May 08
I don't think so...atleast not at my son's school. In fact, it was only this year (when school closed) that I thanked his teacher for encouraging him to be who he is...and in bringing out other creative aspects that we didn't even know he had.
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@subha12 (18454)
• India
7 May 08
i think somehow. they are killing the potential of the children it seems so.i have seen mostly school give stress on the curriculum set. there are many talents that the children possess. they are never exposed.
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@suhascg (227)
• Australia
7 May 08
hi, that is a very creative thought, i should say.. i think children are like wet clay, u can mould them in the shape that you want them to be.. quality education is indeed the most thing, which decides a child's future.. but there are many other things associated with it as well, like the environment he grows in,the society,his friends,etc.......
• Pakistan
7 May 08
nowadays children are more concious then we were at thier age, but even though, schools do help build the charachter of a child as he/she grows up...
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@SHAMRACK (8384)
• India
7 May 08
Dear friend, I do not thinks as I had seen that it might the how well teachers could make a student more capable and also parents too. It also depends upon the management of that school and dealing with students with more systematic and more of students problems can be dealt with experts in dealing that. I hope it might depend upon how well the management could handle their students. I do hope the creativity of students depends on the well handling of school teachers and parents of that child. But many school help students to be more creative.
• Philippines
7 May 08
I dont think so. Schools rather hone the creativity of our childrens and improves it even better.
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@allen0187 (32392)
• Philippines
7 May 08
hi ellie. i think in some schools yes, they do limit the child's creativity, but over-all, i think schools help in the development of children. i've seen schools that offer additional classes that improve a child's creativity. they offer classes in realated fields such as dancing, singing, and different art forms such as pottery making, painting, and poetry writing. as a parent though, i think it's really important for parents to guide the child in findign ways how to be more creative. i always encourage my child to express her feelings and emotions. i encourage her to read a lot of books. i also give her a soft-felt tip pen and tons of papers and let her write doodles for hours and hours. i also bring her to parks and let her discover new things just by touching and observing. hope this helps. cheers!
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@dpk262006 (56109)
• Delhi, India
7 May 08
Yes, I agree with you that schools do not give thrust on children's creativity. Their main thrust lies on studying books and books and cramming them for clearing exams. Children go for cramming, as it helps them get good marks, but I doubt in the process they acquire the real knowledge, as expected from them. I support your idea that different subjects should be taught in the schools to enhance the potential and creativity amongst children. Each child cannot be good at study, each child cannot stood first, but the one who comes last also must have got some positive and extra-ordinary traits, the need is to explore their hidden talents, who are at the bottom of the table.