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Education discourages creativity

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Started: 6/5/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I am arguing that education discourages creativity.

Education is defined as "the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university"
Discourage is defined as "to make (something) less likely to happen"
Creativity is defined as "the ability to make new things or think of new ideas"

Grade schools (including middle school) mainly focus on English and math, which limits the knowledge children can gain from the arts, like music or dance. Yes, there are classes for those activities, but the schools focus less intensely on them, assuming that the children aren't going to value it or continue a carrior in it as an adult. It might be unlikely that a kid's going to become a famous artist, but it is unfair for the children (the future of this society) to discredit such topics that promote creativity.


Education " cause and effect A good education lays the path for a better quality of life. There have been many studies done, both formal and informal, that show the effects of education or lack thereof in a person"s life. As a nation we realize the importance of an education for all children, which is why we have a public school system to offer every child an educational opportunity, regardless of their background, parent"s income or any other factors. Research has shown that beginning a child"s education early and well is extremely important because "a child that gets off to a good start in reading rarely stumbles. Those children who fall behind tend to stay behind for the rest of their academic lives."1 Not only does a lack of education hurt us for the rest of our academic lives but our lives in other ways too. Education allows us to discover ourselves, our environment and our world; and to make educated choices about our future. Educated men and women have the skills, information and self-confidence to make better parents, workers and citizens. People that are educated tend to have better paying jobs, be more law abiding, healthier and educate their own children better. Understanding the long term effects education has, not only with an individual but with our nation and generations to come is extremely important in helping us put the proper emphasize needed on education. Aristotle, a famous Greek philosopher, once said, "Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well." I agree with Aristotle that the education one receives defines the difference in how "well" they live.
Debate Round No. 1


None of my opponent's claims regarded the debate topic. I wasn't saying education was unimportant or unnecessary for success. I was saying that children are educated out of creativity.

Students are trained to abide by a rubric for every assignment and to know that making mistakes is bad. The problem with being afraid to be wrong is that one can never create anything original and creative. We are taught what is correct and what is not. For example, the tale called The Tortoise and the Hair presents a lesson where slow and steady wins the race. No one has ever really questioned the morals validity. Why? Because it is such an easy concept to understand, that everyone agrees with it. It is obvious that it is true in that story, but in an actual race like that, it is the Hair's arrogance that lost him the race. Since teachers never really consider anything outside of what they teach, or allowed their students to try and see another moral to the story without the fear of being wrong, the children's' creativity isn't put to much use.

Because of the increase in state testing, teachers and schools have redirected their focus on teaching the standards for the state test and what is right and wrong according to that test. This leaves very little margin for questioning and opportunities for students' creativity. Intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct, yet school manipulates students' thinking so narrowly (with rubrics and expectations) that any work or idea outside of the common answer, is automatically considered wrong. Then teachers stigmatize the 'mistake' and take points off. If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original. If schools and teachers didn't stigmatize mistakes so much, students wouldn't be so afraid of synthesizing.


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Debate Round No. 2


Education in general (standard schooling in middle school, later elementary school, and general high school standard curriculum classes) discourages creativity by placing a black and white, right and wrong system where it is based on mechanistic conceptions (determined by physical processes alone). In this system, only academic achievement is measured because one's achievement academically is how intelligence is measured. This system ignores the fact that intelligence is not just academics, that intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct. As a result in this ignorance, creativity is excluded and also ignored. Schooling digs for a particular commodity that is valued in society, specifically for work. Knowing how to write well and calculate math are the main focuses, rather than engaging the students' curiosity and creativity and using that to progress the learning. (Check out Ken Robinson on youtube)


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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Ragnar 1 year ago
You should revise the resolution to limit it to the grade levels you wish to question, as upper level education often literally focuses on teaching creativity.
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