Matthew Carroll

Lubbock, TX, United States

About Matthew

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Child Psychology and Education. I believe it is the charge of all of those involved to pair research with practice and make all things practical!

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Anything and EVERYTHING! I am crazily involved in academia and I love research and innovation!

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Matthew Carroll
Posted over 3 years ago
How should we change the education system to have a more creative generation?
While I do think that education kills creativity as is, by design it does not. I see the point that is made in this video as valid, but I think it all matters on what you see as "creativity" and "education." At some point, all creaters were educated. From the most brilliant children to the most profound of well-aged people, each of them learned about whatever it is that they create with. Child prodigies on piano were once taught by someone how to organize what they wanted to play. A 40-year tenured PhD in nuclear mechanics was at some point educated in the subject. Now, with this topic one is forced to look at the structural education system that is set up at present. This system is designed to educate as much as possible and as quickly as possible. This could "kill" creativity or create it. For me, it has created creativity because in my research I look at discipline problems among both minorities and children of affluence. Both outside the "norms". What inspired the creation of that subject for me was the traditional structure of education. Also, Ralph Emerson was enspired to write his essays and all of his "teachings" by the traditional education system and seeing the things that occured among people and students. On the other hand, a great artist once told me, "You spend your whole childhood trying to draw more realistically, more detailed and more sophisticated each day, but when you become an adult artist you spend your whole day trying to draw like a kid again." So, with the formal education in art that worked against him and did "kill" his creativity. I believe it all comes down to the individual and what inspires them to grow. In the end it all depends on whether or not a child has been "inspired" to pursue their own creative dreams, or if that child has been shown that they need to blend in with the crowd. More teachers should give children atonomy to create their own way, and less boundaries to do things the way they "should" be done.