Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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The TedTalk “Do schools kill creativity?” by Sir Kenneth Robinson, a British author, speaker and advisor on education discussed the impact the education system has had on youth going through the system. Spending many years studying education, Richardson points the setup of education and how it is limiting children in their creativity. He argues education’s purpose is to prepare students for what they will need to know in the future, and points to how it is nearly impossible to predict what is going to known in order for students to be successful upon graduation from the education system. With the current system in place the value of creativity in children is being diminished, as children are taught that literacy is synonymous with literacy and high academic ability, where being wrong is stigmatized. Furthermore, education views the arts as less valuable than other subjects that are taught in school. Robinson points out that this hierarchy of subjects is a result of a public education system being created at the same time as the industrial revolution. As a result, subjects that would be relevant to industrialization were taught to produce future workers for industrial society. While the world is different from the nineteenth century is structure has remained the same. Now, early education’s purpose is to ensure university admittance, which is almost entirely based off of academic ability. However, due to academic inflation, degrees are beginning to mean less and more then just a university degree is required to get a job. The bureaucratic approach of using academic achievement to measure intelligence has resulted in the demise of creativity of generations, as the public education system does not help foster the intelligence of thos... ... middle of paper ... ..., bureaucracy limits want qualifies as an adequate prerequisite while applying for jobs, revealing once again the iron cage society lives in as a result of rationalization and the prevalence of bureaucracy. The standardization of public education systems globally due to the use of bureaucracy and rationalization has placed most of society in an iron cage. This has resulted to both the declining legitimacy of post-secondary education, as well as the decline is creativity among children. In order to reform the public education system, it may be suggested to move away from a bureaucratic system. However, as Weber noted, once bureaucracy is emplaced, it is unable to be erased. Perhaps the solution to the disenchantment of education is not removal from the bureaucratic system, but instead the reformation of the bureaucratic system, to enable a more personal experience.
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