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Shubham Mittal

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Do you really think school kills creativity ..???

Everyone always wants to say that, but I think creativity rests within the person. School doesn't make up all of a child's day, so whether they want to expand they're creativity is solely up to them. In most schools, art Is a mandatory class. So to blame the schools for a lack of creativity is more of a way to push of the responsibility of generations of people who weren't interested in helping themselves and they're children become more creative.

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    Sep 22 2013: I wouldn't say school kills creativity--but from my experience--it doesn't 'encourage' it. I have so many examples--I helped out at a daycare facility through college--kids were coloring pictures and a girl colored her sky pink. The teacher told her that was the wrong color. She looked crestfallen. I said that I'd seen pick skies, and purple, and orange. But the power of the teacher was great and the little girl picked up the blue crayon.

    I went to 18 different schools by the time I graduated high school, so I became really good at being the new girl. And my grades suffered, especially math. Only thing I was good at was English. I was a fair artist and drew pictures with my reports. My classmates and I thought it was funny that I usually got a C on picture report with my name on it--yet, when I drew for their reports--they got A's and B's.

    I wrote feelings down since I was was 8 years old...later realizing they were poems. In high school I wrote a poem and my teacher refused to believe it was mine. She kept asking me who wrote it.

    In college I was so busy cramming facts in--and regurgitating them out--that I had little time to be creative--and it takes time. Later I worked for the University of Maryland overseas and took an art history class and we toured Cambridge. In St. John's college in Cambridge--there was a tree in the back that was supposed to be a relative of the apple tree Newton sat under while discovering gravity. You see, in the United Kingdom, time to contemplate is scheduled into their curriculum--I doubt Newton would have discovered gravity in the USA.

    None of this killed my creativity--but it made me doubt it. Doubt me--and made me very self-conscious about showing my work to anyone. Other than reports, I didn't show my writing to anyone until 20 years later. Now I'm published, and wonder if it might have happened sooner--if my creativity had been celebrated, championed, and encouraged.
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      Sep 22 2013: I think it's entirely dependent on the teachers you end up with; luck of the draw unfortunately.

      P.s. Did you ever watch the Simpsons episode where Bart brings a snowflake into school for 'show and tell'? His conclusion was that this completely unique and fascinating crystal, becomes a boring droplet of water just like any other when you bring it into the classroom.

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