Education discourages creativity
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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.
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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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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