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Debate Score:24
Arguments:18
Total Votes:26
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Do schools kill creativity?

Ken Robinson suggests that we need to completely reform our current education system.  Do you think this is true?  Do schools in fact kill creativity?

Yes

Side Score: 15
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No

Side Score: 9
3 points

yes they kill creativity. many schools don't allow you to wear what you would like to school. another example is that many classes are mandatory and they don't allow you to choose what you would like. i know someone who gave up their dream to be a journalist because their english teacher told them,"your writing sucks. give it up."

Side: yes

Anytime one has to conform to a set of rules it kills the individual and you become just one of the masses. Creativity is one of the causalities of "fitting in".

I hear parents all the time saying my child is out of control and probably needs put on medication. Have children and then want peace, order and compliance; who needs help? Not the kids.

Side: yes
Bohemian(3861) Disputed
2 points

Anytime one has to conform to a set of rules it kills the individual and you become just one of the masses. Creativity is one of the causalities of "fitting in".

You are pressured to fit int, but that is true everywhere. Schools don't make you fit in anymore than the rest of society.

Side: No
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

Where is the first place a youngster mingles with others? School, therefore is the beginning of conformity.

Side: yes
1 point

schools do kill some sort of your creativity. School was designed to create an train young people to become consumers and well citizens and the same method of theory is still going on today.Most people believe that if students are treated like cattle then they will not become out of hand and can be molded into something controllable but as this happens the blossoming minds of the young start to forget about spontaneity and everything becomes regimented creating a dark future for a few of those young students.whwat nobody thinks about is creativity is as important as an education an literacy."Every child is born a artist but the challenge is to maintain it"

Side: yes
1 point

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Side: yes
1 point

It really does. I think that when kids go to school their creativity is killed because teachers tell them their ideas are stupid or are too unbelievable.

Side: Yes
1 point

School does kill creativity! Its because its more focused on academic skills than creative thinking. Many students are able to learn catch up fast by maybe pictures or animations,but obviously government is more keen on finishing the syllabus rather than making sure the student understand whether by creativity or other method.

Side: Yes
1 point

As a student, I support the view that school kind of kills students' creativity.Maybe this phenomenon doesn't exist in some schools, but in my country, it is an undeniable truth.It depends on each country's educational system,though. In my country, every student has to go through three public exams, and this is the main cause of fading creativity among students.The only aim of students is just to pass and ace those public exams to get their certificate which is a necessity for finding jobs in their future.The concept in this system results in the failure of students to find the solutions to the questions themselves and the logic among students to memorize answers like a robot.Indirectly, students tend to lose interest and fun in learning during their life process.To me, it's no use copying and pasting those mathematical formulas in our minds if we don't really understand how they work in our daily lives.Its all about creativity in applying them, not writing them in the test papers to get an A.

Side: Yes
1 point

Schools are great for teaching basics (though really, when do we use things like line gradients and huge essays on an obscure person in history in daily life?) but they can't teach without boxing what you do and what you learn into a small, set guideline because otherwise learning becomes more subjective than objective and that's not going to work.

I do agree that schools are stopping creativity from blossoming, but I won't entirely blame the schools as without guidelines there's really no way to mark work and such.

Also, I think I went slightly overboard, and got very confusing, with this explanation.

Side: Yes
1 point

Yes school do kill creativity along with individuality. They will never teach how to deal in bank or how to do net banking but the Pythagoras theor will surely be helpful in future(sarcasm). I wonder why activities like sports,dance,music,arts and all are termed as "extra curricular activities". Probably they think it is of less importance. They teach 50 students same thing in same Way and expect them to score good. Cam u wonder how lethal the result would be! Btw marks doesn't even matter. They treat students like a heard of cattles who they want to go in same direction and behave same. Disgusting!

I conclude by saying that students must do what they love no matter what the world say. I am a student,17 years old and I'M A VICTIM OF THIS MALPRACTICE!!

Side: Yes
1 point

Have you ever raised a kid?

They all start out clueless unfocused wild childs who just want to eat and sleep and play. 3/4 of the efforts of school from kindergarten up until high school is just trying to get them to sit down and apply themselves so as adults they can be more than wild child adults. They do it through routines, structure, authority, etc. And yet many of those kids STILL fail to learn the lessons they need to function as a adult contributing to society. Yes, school crushes the creativity out of most children, because frankly, if it instead indulged all their creative urges until they ran out of it then those kids would end up an illiterate heard of cats.

Some kids, after they learn how to fit in to society, can get some of that creativity back through encouragement and new experiences. But should we expect every kid to graduate being a full on Renaissance wonder? Simply not realistic.

Side: Yes

I think, to a certain extent, regiment kills creativity. If everyone has to do the same thing, where's the creativity in that? I think creativity would come into play when you have to write a paper / report on a topic; you would use your own words and research, that is, provided you didn't cheat.

Side: Yes
1 point

I think it depends on school, course and teacher. I love the arts program at my son's school. The kids create amazing works of art which grace the halls and win awards in local shows. The studio provides a great break from the rigors of other classes that demand research paper assistance and offers a creative outlet.

Side: Yes
2 points

Not really. As part of the school system, though it is a bit strict and demands that you follow a set of rules when it comes to certain things like math, English, science. ect... there are things teachers do to encourage students to do better. There are a lot of ways someone can be creative when doing projects, clubs, and all sorts of activities teacher assign. Most schools let you wear what you want so, it's not anyone doesn't want to be creative it's a matter of does a student want to be creative. i don't see a lot of those.

Side: No
1 point

It is counterintuitive to suggest that a venue of liberalist and thought freeing systems such as academia would indeed annihilate; as so proposed by critics, creativity fore it is through education students acquire confidence in themselves to perform tasks worthy of being graded.

The definitive definition of creativity as stated in the dictionary is, "the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination" (dictionary.com).

In order to present the world with new ideas, one has to be aware of the set principles already ruling the world.

Society imposes on parents that responsibility of sending children to state run schools to strengthen that national identity as an educated realm. If it were any different, our national illiteracy rate would be surpassed by those arguing against the institution of education. The consequences to a lack of education would be seen in a year after year drop in professional graduates that are those who are making actual breakthroughs in our world. Technology, science, and mathematics is what has promoted our general welfare, health, and standard of living is what has ALLOWED for greater forms of creativity to be witnessed throughout the world with computers, laptops, interactive cameras.

Students are encouraged to present on topics of their choosing to promote creativity. Being exposed to science, mathematics, English, foreign languages, art, history, and physical education enhances a child's learning experience. If the individual child were neglected being instructed on material normatively accepted, it would pose a challenge in the adolescents development with obvious signs of shortfalls.

The activity of having a seasoned individual pass on knowledge to another to better that individual's intellectual capacity and ultimately make them a more well rounded individual does not inhibit but rather promotes creativity fore it is when you compare individuals that attend schools to those who were never educated do we clearly see the gaps in development.

Side: No
0 points

People think that it absolutely kills all of your skills to be creative. But I do not think so, why, because it all depends on what kind of person you are. Sometimes it happens that all circumstances are against us, teachers do not like us, parents do not understand, but I believe the most important thing is never to give up on your dreams. No matter what people would say, there always will be some who will not believe in you. The Most significant thing is to have faith in yourself.

For instance Michael Jordan has wealth of 500 million dollars according to Forbes, and all of us know that he is rich and famous, but not many know how he got there. When he was in high school his basketball teacher did not even take him to school team, he said "You are not good enough", it made him angry and he was practicing all the time. Michael Jordan said I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

Another sportsman said pain is temporary the glory lasts forever.

So, just never give up on your dreams, try to be creative. Find different ways how to make things done

Side: No