Why are schools killing creativity?
In education the past decade (and probably longer) has been spent preparing kids for testing, and telling kids there is one correct answer. This is not my opinion, it is my experience as a classroom teacher in Palm Beach County since 1991.
In truth, my experience in public education began in 1989 at Addison Mizner Elementary School in Boca Raton. It was then, and remains today, situated in a very well-to-do neighborhood in Palm Beach County - one of the most affluent counties in the country.
Back in the late 1980s and early 1990s Palm Beach County was still busing kids to achieve racial desegregation. What that meant for Addison Mizner was that 4 or 5 buses a day would arrive from a public housing complex a dozen miles away to bring Addison closer to 10 to 15% minority population. While this was (not technically) a criminal act, it really was a bad plan, especially for the kids on those buses - who didn't get to go to a school near their homes. This meant their families had additional hurdles to attend school events, teacher conferences, and become involved in PTO or other such organizations. Read my blog post about this time here if you are interested.
Schools have systematically removed creativity and collaboration for several decades now, but they are not alone in their crimes. They have had accomplices - a second shooter on the grassy knoll. These accomplices are the publishing companies, the most aggressive of which is Pearson, who have sold a bill of goods to school districts across the country in the name of enormous profits.
From 2009 to 2011 Pearson spent millions on lobbying efforts across the nation. Why would they have done so? To enact legislation that creates more testing, more training, and more opportunities for Pearson to sell products and services related to the testing of students and training of educators.
Sir Ken Robinson
Dr. Ken Robinson, more than 10 years ago, delviered the TED TALKS below asking the question, "Are schools killing creativity?" This talk is the most watched TED TALKS video of all time, with more than 40 million views on several platforms.
"We must see our creative capacities for the richness they are, and seeing our children for the hope that they are." - Sir Ken Robinson