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Should creativity be encouraged or discouraged?

In many households and schools, children who "act up" are the ones who receive the harshest, most frequent punishment. Many of these children demonstrate innate abilities in one or more areas, such as music or math or painting. Unfortunately, very infrequently do parents or teachers take the time to delve into the psyches of their more rambunctious children to discover their talents. The education system is designed to produce functioning members of society and, primarily due to the benign influence a conformist society has on a child, there are undoubtedly fewer individualists than there are conformists. I implore you to debate the issue of whether or not it is right for parents, teachers, and other authority figures to discourage individuality, creativity, and curiosity instead of work towards discovering and nurturing hidden talents.

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    Jun 24 2011: The sad thing is that creativity and thinking outside the box are things that are 'taught' out of students until after High School and then those are the very things that University Profs ask for in Essays and 'scholarship' and employers are supposedly looking for and rewarding in their employees. Seems like the system is bass ackwards in preparing our kids to succeed in the world we are are teaching them to enter.
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      Jun 24 2011: I agree completely! I think a college-like system - choosing your own courses simply because it interests you - should be employed earlier on, like in elementary or middle school. Children are raised with great assumptions about authority and the importance of certain classes over others (English over drawing, for instance) and I would love to see schools start acknowledging the importance of classes like drawing to children. If teachers begin telling children of the importance of individuality, creativity, and curiosity, instead of implying that these are traits of rebellious underachievers, I think the world could be a happier, more successful place.

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