This is actually a very interesting video about how schools stifle creative growth and discourage the use of the creative mind.
This is a video especially relevant to something my school Guidance Department said to the sophomore class contemplating future careers. Essentially, they encouraged those pursuing conventional jobs (doctors, lawyers, teachers etc.), while discouraging those who expressed an interest in the arts or other professions of creative expression. They basically told us that those who pursued more creative careers should consider a more realistic and reliable occupation, as we would most likely be unsuccessful in our creative endeavors.
We have a fantastic arts program at my school, and much opportunity to explore our creativity, both in the classroom and after school. However, the idea that the traditional subjects of math, english language arts, the sciences and the humanities being of higher value than the arts is something that transcends all levels of education.
It’s pretty simple: academically enthusiastic kids are encouraged, kids enthusiastic towards creative expression and the arts are discouraged, and often molded into the more ideal student, effectively stifling the creative mind altogether.
What do you think? Let us know below! Do schools stifle creative growth?
As for the video: God I love TED talks.