School Kills Creativity

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*disclaimer* ­ I am in no way, shape, form, or fashion trying to discredit the value of education

Well, now that that’s out of the way…

For the last three years, and now probably four, English has been my favorite class. Sure there are many reasons for this, but the main thing that separates English from all of the other subjects is its creative aspect. The idea of individual thought is the crux of all literature, so when our class had discussions, actively read, or wrote essays, I always felt I was being challenged to look deeper and create something of my own.

Because if not, what’s the point?

If I’m not creating something original when I do my work, then why do it at all? If I’m not challenging myself, then what’s the point?

Creativity and inspiration come from freedom; freedom to explore ideas and learn new things. The problem in a large part of our education is that freedom is restrained. Our classes focus on drilling six six­weeks worth of coursework into our heads for the sole purpose of regurgitating it back onto a test instead of allowing us to see the importance of the knowledge. Instead of seeing the natural beauty of physics, we’re given formula sheets and rigorous step­by­step examples. Why? So we can pass the AP Test. Instead of seeing the far­reaching implication of mathematics, we focus on memorizing trigonometric identities and geometric proofs. Instead of allowing myself to explore and to look at problems from new angles and try

new things, I am told that I have to follow the teacher’s outline step by step by step. And in all honesty, this monotony has turned my love of math into a completely lackadaisical attitude towards it. It has for many others too.

Creativity and original thought are the driving forces for innovation. Although high school might have sucked most of the enjoyment of learning out of my system, I can only hope college will restore some of those passions.

Because if not, then what’s the point?

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