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Teachers vs Young, Creative Minds and Balancing the Curriculum

When I was 11 years old, I would make hairbands, scrunchies and purses out of different fabrics and then sell them at school for 20 pence. I was always a creative kid. I would watch "Art Attack" then save cereal boxes and recycle them by making stationary boxes etc. I knew I wanted to do something creative when I was older but wasn't sure what exactly...

I went to school with my latest fashion design - a purse I made from violet fur and stitched a pattern on it. I was so proud of it! All the girls at school liked it and I wanted to show my teacher what I could do. So I took out the purse out from my bag and said, "Sir, look what I made! Do you like it?"

The teacher replied, "You know Sarah, this won't get you anywhere in life. You need to focus on improving your learning at school and being better at maths and science. Ok?"

I was so disheartened as his words tore out a little girl's dream.

As I grew older, I discovered that you didn't need to be the best at maths and science to survive in this world and that a creative entrpreneurs are making small ideas into huge profitable realities.
At 16 years old, I became the youngest fashion designer and model for a fashion company my brother got me involved with and from there, I had a few more fashion shows to showcase my designs - this time garments.

I would think back to what that teacher told me once upon a time and smile that I made it further than his words could ever discourage me to do so.

Has anyone ever had similar experiences with their school teachers? And how did you make it in the real world?

Maybe the curriculum needs a lesson for children to spend a whole hour making plans to achieve their dreams?

I think it is so important for primary school teachers to be both creative as well as academic otherwise there is an unbalance in the learning system and this could effect how a child is programmed to think and grow up.

How many schools in the world actually have this balance in the curriculum?

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  • Mar 14 2012: I agree with your observation. I think kids do not need to memorize as much and instead teachers should encourage kids to be able to focus more on applying creativity and basic skills to engage in concrete projects where they can learn more about team work, failure and success etc.

    However I think it is important for kids to also learn math, physics and other subjects with focus on understanding the basic principles than memorizing formulas.
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      Mar 15 2012: Yes, maybe there should be innovative ways of teaching academic subjects and relating them to real life situations.

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