Education Kills Creativity

I feel quite strongly about this subject, and will post about it next week, but for now…

I’m curious what you think…



(I’d like to thank @stillsoul for tweeting this earlier and reminding me it exists.)


4 thoughts on “Education Kills Creativity”

  1. I think our current educational system kills creativity due to its emphasis on standardized testing. It’s not the way I necessarily want to teach, but in my district which mandates the use of pacing guides (district created) and district benchmark assessments done every six weeks, it is how we are expected to “teach.”

  2. The “early learning” counselor at the school my kids attended in Atlanta (a private school) said you can tell a lot about a school by looking at the art that is posted in the hallways. She said if all of the art looks basically the same, that’s a sign that the teachers/administration don’t really understand how to foster creativity and free thinking. I don’t usually like absolutes, but I thought that was a pretty good litmus test.

  3. Like for most things in life, I think it’s a balance thing. My kids went to Catholic grade schools and high schools where they got a good, basic college preparatory education. They got their little minds expanded, developed intellectual curiosity, learned study/learning skills, and most importantly, discipline. They played sports, where they learned about hard work, teamwork, and again, discipline.

    They didn’t go to Montessori where they could have free reign and support to go in any direction, and they didn’t go to an art school. But they are all creative/artistic. As parents, we encouraged them whenever they expressed an interest or showed an aptitude. As the kids grew older, my job as a parent was to build them up from the inside out: self esteem and values. I wasn’t perfect at it, but that was/is my job nevertheless. I wanted them to grow up thinking they could handle anything they set their minds to.

    Creativity flows from minds that not only have a natural gift, but have the knowledge and discipline to carry out their idea. So does success, and “luck.” Serendipity favors a prepared mind.

  4. Oh, I had heard of Ted, but not actually listened to any of the talks… so thanks for the introduction. This talk was wonderful and I’m going to go get lost on that site….!

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