19 October 2008
Inciting Revolution - Or, Why We Cannot Teach Creativity in Schools
Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.
- Bertrand Russell
Like all institutions, education helps to ... preserve the status quo. It is necessarily conservative.
A basic requirement of moving into a new age is creative thinking. But schools stifle creativity, particularly in children, by insisting that they conform to standards of behavior and belief, and by teaching them to respond to questions with answers that are expected of them. Answers that are expected cannot be creative, precisely because they are expected. Creative answers are necessarily surprising, unexpected. The current American educational system can be characterized as having students memorize known (expected) answers to predetermined questions. ….
Students are also taught that certain questions must not be asked; for example, Jules Henry, a cultural anthropologist who argued that a human’s foremost evolutionary task is to learn how to learn, wondered what would happen “if all through school the young were provoked to question the Ten Commandments, the sanctity of revealed religion, the foundations of patriotism, the profit motive, the two-party system, monogamy, …. and so on. … such questioning would produce more creativity than a change-resisting society could handle.
All quoted from Russell Ackoff and Sheldin Rovin's Redesigning Society, pp. 83-4.
Picture from Sandi's 2nd grade class last Valentine.
ceyo "our students are showing up tomorrow"