Creativity and Schools

DexteredAwareness/Education, Creative Assessment, Educational Technology

Creativity as defined by Sir Ken Robinson is “the process of having original ideas that have value”. So in other words, all content that is original can be defined as to be creative, not as an extension of something that exists already in our environment.

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It is assessment which helps us distinguish between teaching and learning (Fisher & Frey, 2007, p. 5)

He further argues that our modern schools have become tools of destruction of our children’s creative abilities. This is because the system was developed by keeping one thing in mind – Standardized Education for all. This is obvious because the public system of education was first conceived in the 18th Century by the then intellectuals who later on developed and implemented the idea in the 19th Century as Public Education. This system involved the revolutionary idea of using tax payer’s money towards providing standardized education to everyone. It didn’t matter if a person was rich or poor, it was meant to educate everyone with the principles of standardization in transference of knowledge as well as the testing and examinations. The whole system was based on the fulfilment of needs of the Industrialized Economy.

The schools operated as large scale factories with standardized assembly lines. The input or the raw material were the uneducated children and the output were the children that were educated along the lines of and were fully in accordance with the needs of the society. The students are taught in batches which are known as Classes. Classes have a definitive Age Group Restriction. There are separate facilities, Bell Rings, Specialized Subjects and Standardized tools and tests that measure the ability of the children on the basis of academics alone. The testing focused on one thing alone; how well the student is able to retain the information in his mind and reproduce when required.