The Impossibility of Classroom Creativity
AbstractAlthough most educators have specific training on fostering creativity in classrooms, our current education system does not help students explore their creativity to the optimal degree. This is not always correlated directly with teacher interventions and planning strategies but with the administrative support, or lack thereof, that teachers experience in their schools. A sadly common occurrence in our current education system is the “burnout” of teachers within a few years of them taking over a classroom. Before industrial revolution, work and creativity was woven into the fabric of everyday life. During the industrial age, only a few elite innovators were needed to innovate. Most jobs simply required routine tasks from dawn to dusk. Middle management could learn standard procedures in college. Universal public education was developed to prepare workers with basic knowledge and some making skills. In our post-industrial era, work is again being woven into everyday life. Creativity plays a larger role than ever before for the average person, bur the opportunity to learn creativity in our schools is diminished by other outdated standards and common core concerns. Although some teachers are appropriately compensated for their work, the vast majority stay in education because they genuinely care about helping children and fostering growth. This desire to see children succeed does not need to be taught; teachers have an innate passion for what they do.
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