Are schools kiling a childs creativity ?

Canada
September 22, 2008 10:38am CST
Watch this youtube viedo and let me know what you think !! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY
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@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
22 Sep 08
Hi sam... Thank you for sharing this video..I agree with him 100 percent... I do believe the medical profession is in such a hurry to say what is wrong with our kids, than finding out what is really going on..If we only stepped out of the box (so to speak) and really looked at our children..We would be seeing all of the gifts that children possess...and we would encourage them to go with what they have.. My son did and still does math problems in his head...He did this is his math class at school and only wrote the answer down..The teacher accused him of cheating...He told her to give him some problems and that he would sit right beside her and do them...He did them in his head and wrote the answers down and the teacher wasn't impressed...he had them all right...she said he had to write it all down... This happened again with the Chemistry teacher..My son was doing the equations in his head...He was accused of cheating...He did the same thing as with the math teacher and when he was finished the Chemistry teacher didn't say a word...He again got all the problems correct... If my son can do math and chemistry problems in his head than he should not be told not to...He should be encouraged instead...My thought was that the teachers were jealous of my son's ability...
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22 Sep 08
I used to be able to do that when I was younger, and I used to get so angry and so frustrated with the teachers. For some reason, things were never the same in my head as when written down. Firstly, my writing was and is still bad so they misinterpreted what I wrote and said I was wrong, and secondly I have this problem where I sometimes have to read something over and over again before I understand it completely, even when it's something I wrote. Over time I lost my ability because it was pounded into my head that I had to write down every single thing, and I couldn't understand writing very well, it made me confused. And my own art teachers, they were the worst. Even after I've completely finished a project and handed it in, they practically blew up at me when I tried to draw something else, they would take my art, throw it in the garbage, and forbid me to get it back even after class. I went home crying many-a-night because of it. My art teacher in highschool absolutely refused to take my biggest project of all, a surrealism drawing, and constantly claimed it wasn't finished even though I did everything I could. After three months and losing most of my grade because he wouldn't let me work on anything else, he took me into the hall to talk to me about it and I pretty much roared at him for ten minutes. He finally took my project, gave me 200% on it, and never said anything to me again. Because of him, I barely passed the class and almost failed highschool. This is the same teacher who talked about superheroes and star trek all day and even when we had "free drawing assignments", we were only allowed to draw what he wanted us to. I hated school growing up so much. Drawing was and is still my passion, and I was never allowed to draw, daydream, read or write unless it was school-related, even though I always finished all my work early and had nothing left to do. I almost always got A's and even if I sat and did nothing they got angry at me and told me to work, when I had nothing to work on. It was the same thing every day. The most fun or creative thing we ever got to do was clapping chalkboard erasers together, which I ended up doing quite often. The teachers always thought I was slow or there was something wrong with me and I had a short attention span, and even now I don't know where they pulled that from if I had all my work done faster than the other students. It was suffocating.
• Canada
22 Sep 08
It's true you would think that your son being able to do this in his head would actually be better because in life we don't sit there at the store trying to figure out how much something is going to cost with a piece of paper and a pen . Those that can figure it out in there head are actaully smarter then those that can do it on paper and this will benefit them more . Why everything has to be done exaclty the way they show them in shcool is beyond me . If you can do something then you can do it and it should not matter how you got the answer !! I remember my husband sitting down with the older children helping them with math and they would get upset because they didn't understand how to do something . Now my husband is faster then a calculator at figuring out answers so it just shows he understands what he is doing , anyway when he would show the children how to do soemthing so that they would understand , they would always come home the next day and say they got it all wrong because they didn't do it on paper the way the teachers showed them to do it . He ended up having to learn how they did it to be able to teach the children . The point is all his answers were right and were actaully easier to explain to a child but it was not good enough for them because they wanted them to learn the way they were teaching them . My husand always laughs when I do subtraction because he says I don't do it right because I subtract to get my answer . It is the only way I am able to do it unless I am using paper but the fact that it is a different way to do it does not mean it is wrong because my answer is always right and if you look at the genuis's out there who are able to do math . They are able to do this using their own formula and not one taught in the schools . Thank you for your reponse .
@Feona1962 (7527)
• United States
22 Sep 08
I always told my kids and now my grandsons that there is always another way to do something..so don't get discouraged, we will find a way... I think the students could teach the teachers new ways... Why does it have to be one way? No wonder kids don't want to go to school...nobody listens to them or cares about their ideas....
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