One of the myths of creativity is that very few people are really creative,” said former education professor, author, and TED speaker Ken Robinson, in a statement released to coincide with the report. “The truth is that everyone has great capacities, but not everyone develops them. One of the problems is that too often our educational systems don’t enable students to develop their natural creative powers. Instead, they promote uniformity and standardization. The result is that we’re draining people of their creative possibilities and, as this study reveals, producing a workforce that’s conditioned to prioritize conformity over creativity.
Education System Stifles Creativity, Survey Finds
As much as I love and respect the work of Ken Robinson, I’m hitting a breaking point. If America is tired of it’s underfunded education system failing, then they need to recognize the following:
You either value education, or you don’t.
It’s that simple.
You either care enough to demand that state and federal governments stop slashing your funding for education (paid for by your tax dollars) instead of giving themselves pay raises and fighting for tax loopholes and breaks for millionaires and billionaires, or you don’t.
You either care enough to demand that we pay teachers a decent wage (since those vile liberal Communist Socialists also spend all day with your children, mentoring, tutoring, sometimes parenting, but generally taking care of them above and beyond what you will ever comprehend), or you don’t.
You either believe that repeated high-stakes standardized testing forces your children to learn how to take a test rather than think critically (because if their multiple test scores are too low the district will lose funding and the teacher may lose their job), or you don’t.
It’s simple. It really, really is.