Is our school system creative enough
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These past years many people have being giving our school system critique for not being creative enough. Ken Robinson is a "educationalist" who often speaks about integrating the arts back into the school system. He finds that the education system is too focused on only one particular kind of knowledge, the academic knowledge.
In a TED- talk Robinson talks about why we still to this day only focus on the academics. He argues that before a degree was worth a lot more. When he himself was growing up a degree ment a job, and a well paid one as well. Now getting a degree is the norm and the chance that your degree will result in a job is quite slim. Robinson want"s to see a change in the schools priorities, he wants children to find out what they're good at while they go to school. He also want"s a class like dance to have the same significance as a math class.
While i do think that it is important that children get to express themselves in school it would be incredibly hard to make a fair school system where all possible talents are of the same value and importance. For example in a elementary school one child is really amazing at playing the violin and another child is amazing at math. If the violin lessons replace the math lessons, how is the child playing the violin going to reach the same competence as the child who has progressed in math? I do not think it would be fair or smart to let both those children into an education leading, for example, to a doctor"s degree. The violin playing child is probably not going to be able to keep up, which of course is not a fun experience nor beneficial to their development.
Maybe the solution is to just let the children choose if they want to get an education in the arts or in the traditional academics. But at what age are they going to make that choice? At twelve as they do in the Netherlands? Is a twelve year old capable to decide their future?
Or should all kids just get to learn every skill there is, because if there is going to be a course for painting, is there also going to be one for, dance, music, theater, crafts, cooking and one for every sport? Then the children that are in school will have literally no spare time.
It is a beautiful idea, that all talents would be valued equally and in the future i do hope that we get at least somewhat closer to Robinsons ideal. For today though i think that it would be better to wait for an actual plan before we start this "revolution". The theory is great but i am not convinced that it is going to work in practice.
As Robinson points out, we are facing a future that is unknown and that will carry new problems that will require new solutions. Therefore it is imperative that we give the kids an opputunity to develop creativity and so, have a better chance at solving those problems in the future.
Of course, they should have a basic education but we need to give them the tools to face this future. Otherwise we fail them as parents and teachers since many of us won't be there to help them.
For example each student could have an option so select a particular subject of their choosing such as technology, science, biology, dance, music or crafting. The student could spend two days a week on their selected subject to learn more about the subject they are passionate about.
I agree that a young student may not be able to decide what is best for him or her regarding the education, but we should not deprive them their opportunity to learn more about a skill they really enjoy.
�Our education system, has mind our minds in the way we stripmined the earth for a particular commodity and for the future it wont serve us �. - Sir Ken Robinson
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