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Do schools kill creativity?

Explicate Sir Ken Robinson's "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"

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I, too, have seen many bulletin boards with copied images the kids were asked to color - cookie-cutter images. I have taught classes where one student has an original idea, and every other student does the same idea, with minor variations at best. There is some truth to that statement, at least in some schools, under the guidance of some teachers. I have taught Visual Arts and Technology Education for over twenty years. Hands-on creativity is a major part of my classroom experiences and activities.

Part of good teaching is encouraging students to express creative ideas, thinking outside the box, and telling them it is allowed if the instructions do not specifically prohibit it. For a project, there should be multiple possible solutions, not one correct choice or acceptable answer. Every project needs SOME structure - but ...

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Discussion in response to the statement: do schools kill creativity? Reasons, examples and ideas why it is not the schools that stifle creativity, but the people in them.