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Hibah Ameer

Design Student, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture

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Does formal education as a child hinder a child's creativity?

I am writing on a paper on Education Systems restricting child creativity. On one hand formal education has it s benefits as it trains the human eye to notice things, place things in order. But on the other hand it sets certain limitations to a child's imaginative mind and forces him/her to produce stereotypical imagery of what they call 'art'
What are your opinions?

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  • Sep 25 2012: I am an eight grader and I attended a public elementary school for three years, then switched to a charter school focusing on accelerated academics. This was the best school I have gone to. Rather than the standard memorize-the-material, take-the-test approach that causes one-answer-only thinking, it employed a project-based learning system. We had class conversations and debates on the curriculum, created group presentations and projects that the possibilities for were limited only by our imaginations, and were allowed to work at our pace in subjects such as math. Everything was based on problem-solving, which is what I think we need to focus on in all of our schools to build creative thinkers who can tackle the current and future issues of our society. And all the students loved it.
    Then, I entered middle school at a standard public school, which was a whole new experience. It was not a bad school- it taught the students and did the job- but it did not encourage students to think for themselves, create, and solve problems.
    I started going to an 'artsy' charter school the next year- total culture shock! This school does use an open- minded approach and offers all kinds of arts classes to nurture students' creativity, but it is somewhat lacking in discipline. Many students in my classes are failing them, because they are under the impression that they can skip homework without consequence, because at this school there IS no consequence, besides the bad grade.
    I think we need schools today to teach students how to be self- responsible, to problem- solve creatively, to be open- minded and to be socially capable so they can grow up to be the thinkers and designers of tomorrow. If homeschooling is done well and is the right fit for the student, that's great, but public school has the potential to nurture creativity just as well.
    Go charter schools!

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