27 Jun 2016
How Education & School Is Killing Our Natural Creativity
Is it a coincidence that pretty much all children, teenagers and youths love to write stories, have fantastic imaginations, enjoy getting messy, painting, making music, inventing characters, acting out plays, drawing and making things? Why don’t we carry this natural capacity throughout adulthood? Why would nature intend us to lose these gifts?
The global creativity gap in five of the world’s largest economies, with the look of things shows 8 in 10 people feel that unlocking creativity is critical to economic growth and nearly two-thirds of respondents feel creativity is valuable to society, yet a striking minority – only 1 in 4 people – believe they are living up to their own creative potential. More than half of those checked feel that creativity is being stifled by their education systems, and many believe creativity is taken for granted .
Particularly in Nigeria for instance, all our parents know is education, only 20% of our parents check out our talent and encourage us to develop it.That discourages lots of children and even teenagers.
Using myself as a perfect example, i would say i love acting and want to develop it later in life but all i get from my parents is ” theatre artiste are all bad and most of them not make it like , doctors, lawyers and the likes”. Seriously an average teenager would lost or rather throw away that dream.
With reference, i’d say, most Nigerian artiste, actors, dancers,
musicians started at the early stage of their lives, e.g;Emmanuella [the young commedian], Ada [the little girl who dances], et ce teria.
Of course these talents cant rub off on the sands of time, it has come to an extent where they make good influence and encouragement and even challenge to youths, teenagers and children
But on the part of education what do we get; politicians with evil intentions, unemployed citizens turning thugs due to discouragement on the part of their talents.
For some of the more creative kids, teenagers and youths, their creativity will help them survive their standardized school years. For others, this standardization crushes their passions, spirits, joy. I believe the biggest ethical travesty of our times is extinguishing a child’s passion.
ABAYOMI DELLA ADEOLA,
FACULTY OF LAW,
OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY.