Do Schools Kill Creativity?

There is one thing I will never forget that Ken Robinson said in this video. He said “we need to recognize that creativity is as important in education as literacy”.  I can’t agree more! I never knew where the belief that math and literacy were more important than other subjects came from until watching this video. The reason math and literacy are considered the most important is because during the industrial revolution it was these subjects that would help people get jobs once they were done school.  Our world and society is in a state of change so, why are we still placing the utmost importance on math and literacy? There is so much to benefit from learning skills attributed to different subject areas.

Due to the fact that I am a health major I feel that health is an extremely important subject. I believe that if you don’t have your health you don’t have anything.  You could be a genius but if you don’t know how to live a healthy lifestyle numerous issues could arise.  Especially issues around the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual dimensions that need to be balanced to life a healthy life.  I truly feel school’s should be placing more importance of health education. I think that because of my passion for health I found it easy to relate to Ken Robinson’s belief that schools kill creativity. Just like health the arts tend to be at the bottom of the hierarchy in schools.

Schools embody the belief that intelligence means being good at math and literacy. We need to change our view of intelligence. Intelligence is diverse, distinct, and dynamic. There are all kinds of intelligence and we need to recognize that in schools.  Ken Robinson made a great point, kids will take chances and they aren’t afraid of being wrong. Obviously creativity and being wrong is not the same thing. But if you’re not willing to take a chance and end up wrong then you will never come up with anything original. In schools we associate being wrong as bad in doing this we are educating children out of their creativity. I know that as a teacher I want to create a classroom environment where students are able to be creative. I want to provide them with learning experiences that allow for creativity and self expression.

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