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Lorenzo Ciacciavicca

Filmmaker/Director, Roots & Routes International

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Education kills Curiosity.

Other than destroying personality and oppress people - education is eliminating Curiosity in children and youngsters. Growing up in this society the way Ken Robinson described in his talk "Bring on the learning evolution" is - as he says - in line with the industrial and capitalist system promoting a linear thought. This system which is completely based on consume offers in my opinion an education which is linear in the sense of allowing people to ignore what they are doing and what's the system about. The thing that should be the base of education is curiosity, which allows everybody to understand the connections and focus on the questions "How?" and "Why?". Which is the opposite of the way Capitalism teaches you how to think.

Curiosity is the thing that would change that "linear" into "organic", that would fulfill all the needs of one person to think of what he wants and to take his decisions. To grow real and to be able to go different directions at the same time. And strangely curiosity is the base of what is missing completely into Education. And not only missing, it gets killed.


Closing Statement from Lorenzo Ciacciavicca

A big topic where a lot of people are on one side and others on the other side. Maybe this shows the importance of personal experience. A sign which says that most of the people cannot separate good things they had from the ones that slightly helped them to reach the good things? Or that maybe educational system if it is well considered can hide its problematics a bit?

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  • Jan 13 2013: In the United States, the heavy emphasis on reading, writing and maths at grade level through national testing has heavily suppressed creation and innovation. Those students who struggle are placed in remedial classes to "relearn" what they have not. Those who are advanced can be taught more creatively. But the "end all be all" is that test the students are required to take to determine academic competence. The tests, required by the NCLB, have no focus on creativity, only facts.

    If we want to become like those countries that have smart students, but lack creativity and innovation, then we should keep on this path.

    Great teachers try to be creative but run into the same wall. Students must pass these tests. So, the truly creative lessons go away in favor of pacing calendars, remedial instruction programs, and test strategies. To not do so puts one at odds with the administration and potentially a loss of job.

    But good programs are still out there. Great teachers still do teach well. To be truly creative we must go beyond the classroom and encourage the parents to do their parts. Good parents do this. Many parents simply place their children in front of the electronic babysitters and are happy that they are quiet. We are losing our education from the family and the values that we wish to see that you are addressing. Electronics and poor parenting are causing this loss of creativity. That is, in my opinion, the greatest threat to creativity.

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