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Please see the video on the right by Sir Ken Robinson about what schools are doing to the creativity of young people. Before you watch the video, you’ll need to know a few of the key words he uses throughout his speech.

kinesthetic: concerned with movement

discothedue: a dance club (European word)

academic inflation: more and more people have college degrees which makes the degrees less valuable in the job market

hierarchy: a system of persons or things ranked one above another

stigmatized: to place a negative mark of disgrace upon something

predicated: implied, assumed, widely believed

dynamic: pertaining to energy or action

epiphany: a sudden insight into the essential meaning of something or oneself

demography: the science of social statistics, esp. population

Your objective:

Watch the video and respond to it. What did he say that you liked? Did you disagree with any of his ideas? When you think of your own education, what do teachers do that stifles, or encourages, your creativity?

161 Responses to “April’s Monthly Big Idea: Are Schools Killing Creativity?”

  1. Steven says:

    Sir Ken Robinson has many great ideas that everyone should listen to. His points can be funny and are mostly serious. My favorite statement that he said was that kids are not having creativity because they are afraid of being wrong. Since when was it bad to be wrong? I agree with him when he said “We are now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make.” Nowadays in school if you’re wrong you get a bad grade. I don’t see why some teachers don’t take some creativity into their grade. If i was a teacher i would grade on how hard they tried and not if they got it wrong or right because that kills creativity. Imagine if you were in school and you had the brightest idea for a project. Maybe your project was the coolest, creative, and the best looking thing that you ever made. However, your teacher may not like it and it makes you sad that you put all your hard work into this one project. Since he gave you a bad grade, he or she killed a lot of your creativity in your life. Now it is a month later and you build a project that is not creative, cool, or good looking to you. Now you teacher loves it and gives you a good grade. This kills your creativity even more because you know no one likes your work for creativity, but only for the soul purpose of if your teacher likes it. I think that all teachers and education systems should change so we can all show how creative we are.

    • Nikol says:

      Steven you have a creative idea! The points you are expressing are true, there are some teachers that might give you a great and creative project but when it come to turn it in, they grade on you art work and how well and clean it is. Some times students make it cool and every where because thats the theme and the teachers rain down on them with an iron fist. Also when you said that your favorite statement was “We are now running national education systems where mistakes are the worst thing you can make” that is true. Some teachers want students to talk only when they have the correct answer and when they say a wrong answer the teachers become outraged, especially when it is a far out answer and then they think they are trying to be funny and they scold them tearing down their creativity and self esteem.

      • Austin says:

        In the beginning of the video Sir Ken Robinson mentions how teachers usually give off that vibe that it is bad to be wrong. Well that is completely unfair people to be taught that way. Sir Ken Robinson is very right about that. Teachers throw test,quiz’s and sorts of undeserving prison work at us all the time. The older we become the more responsibility teachers expect us to have and handle. We wonder to ourselves how is this possible if on a lot of the questions they asked for our own opinion, “They” consider it wrong.

    • Sam says:

      Yes I too, Steven, would probably grade for on how they tried and not how their actual project came out to be. But grading creativity can only go to certain point. A teacher cannot just throw away the guidelines and focus only on creativity. They need to combine the creativity and the actual ability of success in the project for a final grade. We are seeing to much “you fail for not following the requirements”, but you know what Mr. Stewart says “even if you have to go outside the guidlines to create what you really want, go for it”.

      • Bret says:

        I agree with what Sam says. You can’t go on only getting graded on creativity becase then all you would have to do is make what you do look really pretty like and then you get an easy A. I do think that creativity and how hard you tried should be some of the grade, but not all of the grade.

        • Austin says:

          i agree with Sam also. you must combine both and not just focusing on creativity you must also point for participation. its nice to have a good looking poster cleaned and organized but it doesn’t need to be part of a grade.

      • Patrick says:

        I agree with Sam too, I mean if they just threw away the guidelines and only graded on creativity it would make school very easy. All you would have to do is come up with something amazingly creative and you got an “A”. It would also not help students very well because if they didn’t grade there actual ability of success, then the teachers would not know for sure if you are even learning anything.

    • Matt says:

      The grading system does need a huge improvement, just because of the fact it comes down to getting things right or getting something to work. We need to learn to be more accepting to the process of trial and error and build our way up to success and eventually maybe even find new ways to do things.

  2. Nikol says:

    Bam! Textbooks are thrown on desks by students grudgingly trying to hold on to the long winded lecture. Coming in and out of reality while the teacher drones on and not put any spectacular movements and ideas to keep the students clinging on to every word. Don’t get me wrong there are fabulous teachers that enchant my wonder when they add sad, happy, daring, adventurous, and romantic stories. I have some this year. There and multiple statements thats Sir Ken Robinson say that make you think and makes you totally agree with what he is saying. One thing he said “People starting school this year will retire in 2065 and nobody has a clue despite all the expertise, what the world is going to look like in five years time”. That to me is a strong statement if you analyze it well enough. We are trying to prepare kids today for his or her future even though we do not even know how the world will be in five years. So half of that must be creativity that will help them adapt to the changing world and find answers to problems on the spot and improvise. He also said “I believe that all children have tremendous talents and we squander them, pretty ruthlessly”. That statement is true. Most of the time teachers make assignments that might not be a child’s strong point because they might be more of a up and at them type of person and they don’t do as good then someone that can look at the paper and make ideas without expressing any sort of creativity in his or her mind, and that is one way of destroying a kids imagination. By making them machines that do their work in a robotic sort of way. Sir Ken Robinson also said “Creativity is just as important as literacy, and should be reared with the same status”. What that means to me is that imagination and creativity is of a vital importance and has been used to create wondrous things. Creativity has been shown every where, even in the Civil War. They would devise formations and ideas that the opposing team might not have thought of an that would confuse them. The computer you are using right now is a creative machine that was made and thought of by creative people. He also brings up that kids are not as afraid of being wrong but as they grow older, especially in business they stigmatize every little wrong thing that you do, so thinking of amazing things that may bring you to the same out come yet seem wrong, brings you consequences and that makes you shell you imagination, which later on he says “We are educating people out of creativity”. That is a bold statement to make, educating people OUT of creativity. Teaching techniques have become so cold that we are slapping the minds of kids that in this world creativity will get you no where. That is a ice cold abyss. Then later on he said ” The most useful subjects for work are placed at the top. So you were striped away from things you liked because you would never get a job doing that. Is that right? Don’t do music you wont be a musician, don’t do art because you wont be an artist” to those people that is a slap in a face because they might have a awesome career with doing something else then just dealing with just math, science, social studies, and language arts. You can do wonder following you choice. Picasso is a good example an artist for his whole life, even when his pictures were not selling good and everyone attacked his art but in the end people found that he was a fabulous artist, even if no one told him. He also said that we should educate children for the hope that they are, even if we don’t know what it is, they do. So let creativity rise and roam the child’s active mind!

    • Paige says:

      Nikol,

      I love your thoughts and opinions. I love how explain that anyone can be creative as their day to day jobs such as Picasso who is a very great artist and has beautiful art work and so on.

      Great post!

    • Cassandra says:

      Nikol you have a really statement and it doesn’t mean I like it I love the way you put and how you give examples of how schools are killing creativity in the WORLD. The way you also use the Civil War in this to because your right without creativity we wouldn’t have the things we have today and so on. Other than that I love the way you put your idea’s out there and so I think you have an amazing post!

    • Seth says:

      Great points and opinoins nikol. Teachers should teach creatively.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Fantastic use of the video’s information

  3. Hayden says:

    Sir Ken Robinson made some very clear truthful points in his video. He was making perfect sense when he was talking about being prepared for the future. From the points 2:13-2:38 in the video, he talks about how teachers and schools are preparing for us for our academic future that we don’t even know what it’s gonna look like. We don’t even know what it is going to look like in five years time. They are preparing us for what we don’t know what’s going to happen later on. He also made a statement from 5:50-6:08 that children are afraid to be wrong. If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will not come up with anything original or creative. By the time that we are adults, we have lost that capacity of being afraid to be wrong. We run off companies that stigmatize our mistakes. Mistakes are mistakes and it’s not the end of the world if you make a simple mistake. We are also now running schools where mistakes are the absolute worst thing you can make. This is not fair in my opinion. If I forgot to bring my math homework that was due today, the teacher acts like it is committing a crime. They get disappointed and maybe a little angry, tell you to bring it the next day, and they take off some points whether if the assignment is wright or wrong. They are educating us out of our creative skills. They are not giving us enough chances to express what we have learned or even how to learn it. They should start to let us do more hands-on activities to help us learn the topics better that we have covered. But, when they do, it is not fun nor a learning experience. Kids are always talking, joking around, being too loud and not even working. This tells teachers not to do these kinds of activities anymore. These kids are not only wasting the teacher’s time, but the other student’s time as well and not giving us a chance to understand better. Thus not being able to focus, understand the topic, and get the assignment accomplished thoroughly. This shows a sign of immaturity and lack of a “good student,” in the disrupting student. Teachers are doing their job, they want to get paid and accomplish their teaching goals every year. A good teacher is fun, creative, teaches well, defines assignments clearly, and establishes a comfortable working environment for students. Do I think schools are killing creativity, yes, but they are not purposely doing it.

    • Nikol says:

      Hayden,
      I liked when you said that when teachers do give students the chance to do awesome and hands on stuff and the students just talk and not even pay attention which show teachers that we are not capable to do anything proactive. Which is true! And when you say they are not purposely destroying creativity that is an awesome thing to say because it is true too.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Good points throughout. You might agree that “traditional” school settings don’t meet the needs of ALL students.

  4. Paige says:

    How could any human being believe that schools are NOT killing creativity? Of course they are! All around the world schools rather be teaching us, the students, to pretty much completely erase our creativity. It’s as if they are using the academic subjects ( math, history, English, and science) to brain wash students from the fourth grade through college.

    My fourth grade sister had asked me to help her with her homework and to explain the steps on how to solve the problems. I sit down with her and look at her paper that explains what to do above the problems. I look and it’s all written out? You may ask, well what’s the problem? WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?!?! There were no pictures to explain on how to do the steps or anything! Don’t you remember being in the fourth grade and above the problems you had to solve there were fun great explaining photos to show how to do each problem one by one. Not seeing those photos above the paper makes me think “Can students not explain a problem in a drawing?” They put it out there that young children can’t explain their thoughts and opinions through a photo. How sad is that?

    In the beginning of the video Sir Ken Robinson mentions how teachers pretty much give off that vibe that it is bad to be wrong. Well I have plenty to say about that. Sir Ken Robinson is very right about that! Teachers throw test at us all the time! The older we become the more test teachers expect us to give. Very often in middle school they ask for our opinions. We honestly give them our strong opinions, write them down on our test, finish and hand it on knowing that our test will be the best ever and have an A+ because we worked so hard and spent forever studying just for this test. We get the tests back later that week and completely BOMB the test. We wonder to ourselves how is this possible if on a lot of the questions they asked for our OPINION! Is it us that’s wrong or the teachers being rather butt heads because they feel as if our opinions because it’s not theirs?

    Lastly, in the eighth grade often, we were told to do a lot of visual presentations. Which is perfectly fine but a lot of us students are not all that creative and just don’t enjoy the whole arts and crafts type things. We would rather type it all out because we are much better at writing papers than we are explaining it over a poster board or a movie and maybe even a power point. Students work pretty hard on their visual presentations and turn them in. It maybe boring but they just can’t put their creativity over a poster board or any of that sort. Teachers mark down creativity and looks all the time and drop students grades. This is frustrating especially since not all students are good at those things. Teachers think that were all the same and each and every single one of us will just do fantastic because it’s so easy and etc. But really some students just can’t get into the mood of doing such a thing. Teachers are harsh about these things and just don’t understand how not all students are capable of doing these simple tasks.

    • Shazad says:

      I know a lot of people say, “That’s creativity!” but that’s both the truth, and creative. You listed all the problems on how schools kill creativity that the eventually make us sink, because, in Middle school to high school, they sucked all of the creativity. Plus I really like what you said about the teachers, “Teachers think that were all the same and each and every single one of us will just do fantastic because it’s so easy and etc.”, mostly because the fact is that is true. How many times does a teacher say “this is rock easy!”, “come on get on board and the project!” you know what in getting at.(it’s the fact teachers have already done the work in school, and some teachers don’t plane out like their job.) Maybe its better that school should spread out creativity, and encourage creativity as a result to helping us pass our class in the future.

    • Rex says:

      You said that we have to do a lot of visual presentations and that not many kids want to because they aren’t as creative. I think students might not be creative because teachers didn’t give us the chance to be. I think that is the teacher’s fault, not the student’s.

      • Paige says:

        I didn’t mean it like it’s the students fault I meant that kids don’t enjoy the presentations because they aren’t all that creative because the teachers have ruined that creative side of kids. Sorry about that.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Good point. Creative doesn’t always mean neat and organized. I will take a polished, organized poster everyday. I know if I were graded on my neatness as part of creativity, my own grade might suffer. You may also argue that the grade doesn’t matter if it’s not a reflection of what you really know and are capable of.

  5. Luke says:

    Are schools killing creativity? That is a question that the kids of the United States should answer. For what I feel and have experience I think that they are. All we do are notes, tests, pop quizzes, and listen. The same routine every day for the whole year we NEVER do something that’s creative once a week. Just like in the YouTube video, what if an Alien did come to our country, they would see how we do the same routine and how the high earned jobs are all education and no creativity. Also, he said that when you were a kid you wouldn’t ever get to be what you wanted to do for a job. But now you the whole world is revolved in revolution, so you can be a musician, artist, or, whatever that you want to be. Next, I feel that they are killing creativity because they give us the same dang routine day after day. Can’t we ever just switch the academics around just a little bit? For instance, I have math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, can’t we switch those classes up once a week? I know that it won’t be creative in the class but we will be learning something before or after we were supposed to. Also, we should to be able to have a suggestion box so that you can choose one of the above so that we can just every once in a while have a fun day and take our minds off of school. I know that it may seem like a lot but we go to school for 7:40 to 2:45 for At least over 180 days. That’s a lot of time to be in school and only have two hours to have a creative time in expolritories. So we should have a little more time to be creative in our school year.

    • Hailey says:

      Luke,
      I agree with you, it’s very hard to be creative when you are doing the same thing in class, each and everyday. I love your idea about a suggestion box I’ve never heard of anything like that for school but it’s a very smart idea.

    • Paige says:

      Completely agree with you Luke! Teachers wonder why so many students skip class. Well because it’s the same thing every day- notes, lectures, writing, and listening.

      • Tyler says:

        You’re right school is boring and that’s one of the many reasons why I hate it. I still disagree with you, I hate being creative just like other people I know do. We do the same things every day because thats how our brain processes, we keep going over the material and we eventually learn it.

    • Steven says:

      I agree with you completely Luke. I don’t like having the same routine also and I hate doing the same thing everyday only because we are forced to. However, they’re other schools in this world where kids go to school longer than we do. Imagine how they feel about their creativity.

      • Mr. Stewart says:

        Good point. I wonder if those schools are allowing students to be creative. You would think that a longer day would be preferable if you were being creative. I think fifty-five minutes isn’t enough.

    • Mark says:

      I strongly agree with you Luke, The school day is so boring because we have to do the same things all day. I think that if we have more creativity the better we will do in school because we would actaully enjoy coming to school. The suggestion box is a really good idea. I sure we could come up with some outstanding ways to be creative. Knowing that everybody can have their own opinion.

  6. William says:

    The board of academics was probably dumbfounded by this speech. The way it shows the lack of life in our current day choices. The way that we choose to bore ourselves because the thought of the lack of fun and what the media calls “wrong and silly”. I believe it is the loss of entertainment and creativity. It is the stuff that gets you sent to the principals office in middle school that makes people congratulate you on the way. What I think the system of education around the world is the way the adults control us. The way we choose to set ourselves apart in our own way from others. The people who sit in their rooms and draw after school may become the modern day “Picasso” and soar above others. We lose ourselves in logic and cannot find some way out. We do things like video games because the movements are like art and you are painting a picture. So to sum it up schools kill our creativity in elementary school and slowly we bring it back in later years of school and then it is demolished.

  7. Hailey says:

    After watching the video by Sir Ken Robinson, I feel that he makes many good points about schools killing creativity, but I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. Robinson’s main point is that the teachers are educating students out of their creative capacities. If I were a teacher, and I listened to this video I would feel assaulted because he is saying that it is the teachers’ faults on why we are losing our creativity. However, I don’t think that schools are the only thing that is killing creativity. Yes, I do think that it’s a big part of it, but I also think that our creativity is being killed because of laziness. Kids these days just want to sit on their butts and do nothing. I know it sounds harsh, but it’s true, we all do that sometimes. My favorite point that Sir Ken Robinson mentions is about the choreographer of the plays “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera.” When she was just a little girl, in school her teachers thought she had a learning disability because she was never able to sit still and was always fidgeting. She went to go see a specialist who said that she didn’t have a learning problem and that all she needed was to move and dance to learn, so she went to a dance school to learn and she is now a multimillionaire. I really enjoyed this fact because it’s proof that schools can kill creativity. It even shows that teachers a while back were doing the same thing. I liked his other comment about Shakespeare. He says that Shakespeare was also once a kid, when most people don’t picture him as a little boy. Shakespeare even as a little boy was creative. If we are being taught out of our creativity, that’s basically saying that there will never be someone as talented as Shakespeare ever again. Robinson makes a lot of other good points, like most creative people think badly about themselves because what they are good at isn’t always recognized, also that people don’t grow into creativity, we get educated out of it. I agree with his point that creativity is just as important as literature and that people, especially teachers, should treat it with the same respect. His fact that surprised me the most was that the worst thing one can do is make a mistake. I’m not too sure if I believe this fact completely, but if it is true, then that’s just a wrong thing to say. Students learn from their mistakes. That’s the only way to improve our skills. Adults talking like this are making kids frightened of making mistakes. Another point that he makes that I don’t agree with is that women are better multi-taskers. I absolutely do not think that’s true; I think that men have the same ability of multi-tasking as women do.

    Most teachers do kill creativity; they kill this by having us sitting in a desk about six hours a day. Stuck in a room with a piece of paper and a pencil taking notes, not letting us show what we can do outside of a desk. Not letting us explore outside and get up and move around for a bit. If teachers let us do this then I don’t think killing creativity would be such a problem because we would be able to be creative and learn at the same time. But what are we allowed to do? Sit in a crammed room feeling trapped and drained out, not wanting to learn and yes, losing our creativity.

    • Cassandra says:

      Great post Hailey!
      This is great because your post is, I don’t know how to say it but lively because how you just say what you mean and how you put things out of the ordianary in your post so over all GREAT POST!!!

    • Jordan says:

      Wow, nice post i like your vividness in your description of his arguement and i agree with you that the cericulem needs to be changed in order to explore our creative sides. I also like your ideas on how to let us learn and express our creativity in our academics at the same time.

    • Paige says:

      This completely blew my mind! I agree with you in some thing and disagree with others. Teachers are only teaching us what they were told to teach us by the district and what information they want us to learn. They are only being told to do certain things but at the same time they are allowed to choose how they want to teach us and how they want us to learn the material. Which can be a bit assaulting to them yes.
      Good job on this weeks post Hailey.

    • Rachel says:

      Hailey I completely agree with you. The generations that are growing up now are scared of being wrong so they aren’t very creative with their answers because they are so scared. Also, I think that everybody has a different way of learning about creativity, so schools need to adjust to different people’s needs.

    • Nicole says:

      awesome post Hailey!
      i get your point and i agree with you. i love your post because not only where you thinking about how you felt about this video but how some teachers may feel.

  8. Jordan says:

    Ken Robinsons views on creativity are hard not to agree with. He has a well credited and backed up arguement. I like the way he integrated humor into much of his speech to grab the attention of the audience and get them to listen to him and not just start making accusations and stating problems with schooling. I have to completely agree with his well stated arguement, students are so afraid to make mistakes that they are afraid to try something new or even barely out the guidelines or “ruberic”. I think that during academics students should be able to express their ideas and creativity just as much as they can while in there exploritories.

    • Sophie says:

      Yes, Jordan. I completely agree. If students are too afraid of being wrong to go above and beyond and be creative and not just follow the rubric, then maybe schools are killing creativity.

      • Mr. Stewart says:

        I would argue that most students ignore the rubric not because they are trying to be creative, but because they are neglecting to fully understand the expectations.

    • William says:

      That is a very accurate way to say that. your post says it all. Sir Ken Robinson made it seem very realistic but not well acknowledged. He makes the schools around the world feel guilt. He made the people happy with the way he said all of it. I bet that there was at least one teacher in the audience.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      So, do rubrics stifle creativity? Interesting thought that you should explore further.

  9. Shazad says:

    All around the world, countries have some sort of education, but the thing that a question the about education is does it prepare you in the real world? Well, I’m not quite shear if it helps to be honest, because most schools teach the student to prepare them for the future world. To help them accomplish this goal they make shear the students don’t use creativity. Once in fourth grade, my old language arts teacher use to make write props (like a five paragraph paper.), but they were chosen of three ideas. I felt so robotic, because all I did in school was follow orders and pursue them. Now I ask you, if the real world is felled with so much choices, why do school abandon the creative of making your choice.

    • Luke says:

      Nick,
      I can relate to where you are comming from. i feel like when you had to writs so did I. I know that we have to write pappers and stuff in the classes but can’t we write about something that we all like? Well i geuss not, but i really ;iked your paper. It was well written and also one thing to keep in mind, campare how long yours is to Mr.Stewarts or someone elses. well good job.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      shear: sure

  10. Brandon says:

    I think Sir Ken Robinson has some very interesting comments about our education combined with creativity. I say that our schools are taking the fun and creativity out of our lesson plans. Mr. Robinson said something that stuck out to me that was really true. He said that life isn’t just going to be about worksheets, it’s going to be about making mistakes and learning from it. Later during his talk he said that in schools, making mistakes is “The End Of The World” but in the real world, making mistakes is part of life. If the students of the school don’t get to make mistakes once and a while they will never learn from it and maybe down the road they will make that mistake. When I went to my little brothers violin concert it brought back to me why music or creativity activities are very important. At the end of his concert the franchise came up and talked how we should keep music in school with all the budget cuts then our kids will never be able to have the awesome experience that they should have or get to have. I say creativity should always be in schools. I totally agree with Mr. Robison that schools are always preparing those students to be a universal professors but that requires amount of creativity. So I think schools are killing our creativity.

  11. Brandon says:

    I like your response Nikol. I like how you made it in the student’s perspective. I agree with you and with Mr. Robinson on how everybody has a talent but they aren’t allowing themselves to show it. You are also incredibly right about how when the teachers teach us they only will teach about doing Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science. If the teachers don’t teach us something creative then those are the only subjects we could do in life.

  12. Tyler says:

    I could literaly care less about creativity. The man has facts to support his idea but I hate being creative. I’m a visual hands on learner but please don’t make me be creative. I like tradidtional book work, I seem to learn better with this strategy. If I wanted to be creative in school I would’ve joined triple A. When I face a situation in the future what ever it is I’m going to solve it with reality not creativity. Some people are creative and have a think out side of the box attitude and that may work to solve some issues but, I have a common sence attitude.

    • Tyler says:

      Schools are becoming way to creative for me to catch up.

    • Nikol says:

      Ah Tyler. I love that you said that you hate creativity and you speak for the side of the students that are just like you… hating creativity. Some kids do learn and think better with traditional book work and thats awesome. Though it seems like you are implying that me and everyone that likes to think outside of the box is lacking common sense.

    • Luke says:

      Tyler,
      i liked how you write the paper against a lot of people in our classroom. But you don’t want to have creativity? I do not think that you know what you are giving up. If you didn’t have creativity then one no more “guns” with the meter stick, and no mare being all ape on people. You have so much creativity; maybe not to learn, but to have fun in your life and I feel that we need to have creativity in our school. All in all great pepper that you write looking forward to another.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Be cautious that you don’t offend here. I would ask you to tell me how we will one day come up with an alternative to fossil-fuel driven cars. Chances are someone creative will solve this. Even military strategy requires creativity in order to be successful. I think you are confusing creativity with the arts. These are similar but not mutually exclusive.

    • Kyle says:

      I agree with half of what your saying. I’m still a creative person I just like reading right out of the book.

  13. Sophie says:

    Sir Ken Robinson has some extremely good points. I completely agree with his statement on how to be creative; we must be open to being wrong. We all live in a world where being wrong is a huge mistake. Teacher’s grade on whether your answer is right or wrong. I believe that teachers should grade on not only this, but try to grade on the more creative and more thought out answers. They encourage more brain power, right? So if a student writes an extremely well thought-out, creative answer, but are wrong, they should at least get some points on it. Schools can’t ruin creativity, but the teachers can. Teachers need to apply to the more creative side of children by thinking of ways to give the lesson with a more memorable and fun project of some sort. Most things I remember learning in Elementary school were the assignments that were used in creativity. I enjoyed every part of these assignments, and if all kids enjoyed their lesson by expressing themselves with creativity, then they most likely will remember that lesson as well.

  14. Cassandra says:

    “Do schools kill creativity,” says Sir Ken Robinson. To my understanding, yes school does kill creativity my reasoning to this is because some teachers are degrading students for how their homework is turned and it’s the most creative thing you could ever think of but they gave probably a “C” or a “B”. You think you deserve an “A” but the teacher wants a more serious answer so next assignment you give a more deductive answer the teacher is impressed and gives you in “A”. So now you know what the teacher suspects of you to get what you deserve. I think that is down right WRONG, we did a good job on projects and homework but teachers and staff don’t think that is a more respectful answer to our homework they give us. Well do they suspect of us they we can write down whatever we want? (Well of course the right answer). Creativity is everything it’s a chair, table, iPhone, and desk, anything you could think of without I wouldn’t be typing the things I’m typing right now. As Sir Ken Robinson states what Jonas Salk says, “ If insects weren’t on Earth fifty years later out world would end, and if humans weren’t on Earth in fifty years all forms of life would flourish.” I think he is saying that everything here on Earth is a creative thing and if things weren’t created where there suppose to then everything would be messed up by the time we were born. Or another he’d said was “If you’re not prepared to be wrong then they would loose their creativity in the future.” So what I explain before a lot of kids have a big creativity but they can’t show it because of how teachers nowadays grading us. So in the future we should we students to a good grade in academics, also creativity!

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Great thought, Cassandra. I’m wondering if some of your creative work was missing the key elements of the content. If I draw a beautiful picture but it has nothing to do with the content of an assignment, should I receive full credit?
      You’re right, though. We teachers should recognize when students are taking a chance (especially in writing) and reward the effort.

  15. Sam says:

    I can some what relate to Sir Ken Robinson. He is talking about how schools can lack creativity. At one point he say that kids say what they want because thats what they want to say despite them being wrong. I mean their kids, why should they care if some lousy adult knows their wrong? I personally try to say the right stuff, but I am only human and not perfect. All the adults in this world want to be perfect so they can be good role models, not made fun, etc. Why should they care if some inferiors make fun of them? Once again going back to creativity.
    Creativity is inside all of us. You can’t buy creativity, or train for creativity, or learn creativity, it is but a gift we are all blessed with.
    Now its the part I’ve been waiting for, the part i talk about creativity can be negative. So you know at school how you might just be sitting there and then you think to yourself “how is this going to help me in life?” Well here’s an example: your in biology(Science) and your learning about the human body. You think this isn’t very fun, I wish this teacher was more creative and taught us cool stuff. Well 15 years later your a heart doctor and you have a patient in front of you. YOU are the one deciding if this man will live or die. You then think back 15 years when you were that biology class learning about the human body and how boring it was and look you now, saving peoples lives and making heap of money. I guess what im trying to get at is that being a heart doctor doesn’t really take creativity, it take an abundance of skill and knowledge.
    I do believe that schools should add a pinch of creativity, but not enough for the kids to not even try on a project because they are being “creative.” They should stick to what they are doing now because sometimes not being creative and following the facts, come in handy.

  16. Nikolas says:

    I think that schools are destorying creativity because the only time can be creative is when you are doing a project and that is not often when you get to do one. Also when you do projects you have to get a grade on it. If the project were letting you be creative than you wouldn’t have to get a grade on it. You can also be creative during art class but yet again you have to be grade on your work. I don’t think it is right to be graded on something that you tried your best creative work on but it is and I can’t change that.

  17. Rudolph says:

    I believe that schools are killing creativity, or at least most of them. Schools like Eagleview, seem like they are trying to let their kids be creative. A lot of schools don’t allow the kids to be creative because the teachers want the kids to follow exactly what they say and they don’t get a say in it. Some exploratories let kids be creative in what they like to do. Like drama: kids get to act however they like to. Kids also need to be creative and explore their mind or they will never grow up. Sure they will grow up but I mean grow up as a fun person. They could just be all stubborn and not cool. I think schools should let the kids be creative and use their own ideas instead of using what the “book” says.

    • Valerie says:

      Rrudy, I agree with you in saying that EMS gives us opportunities to be creative. Also, I like how you said that alot of teachers and schools need to learn how to bend the rules a little and not do what the book tells them. Or they could just do it in a more creative way. Your post was very well written and had a lot of good points.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      A lot of good ideas. Could you include some examples from the video to support your statements?

  18. Valerie says:

    Sir Ken Robinson made some amazing points in his video. One thing he said that stood out to me was that adults have been taught that making mistakes is bad. One of the major points of creativity is being willing to make mistakes. Another thing, sometimes teachers will give us opportunities to have creative ideas, and thats great, but half of the time no one wants to listen so we loose the chance to. Eagleview is a good school, and they give us alot of chances to be creative throughout the school day with exploratories and the Academis Arts Academy. A lot of people in our generation need to learn is it is okay to make mistakes, I mean how else will you ever learn. Also, we need to learn to be quiet and listen, because that is half of our problem. In some ways, yes schools are killing creativity, but also we are killing it for ourselvs.

    • Sierra says:

      I agree with you when you say, “but also we are killing it for ourselves. Teachers give us a lot of chances to be creative but we are to immature and we lose our chances sometimes to do a fun creative activity.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Nice post, Val. I’m wondering what you think teachers could do to create an environment where kids are more comfortable to make mistakes and even fail from time to time.

  19. Paul says:

    Are the schools killing kids’ creativity? I think that most schools are killing some kids’ creativity because that does not have an extra program for kids that have more creativity talents like Eagleview does. But if you complain about our school killing your creativity then you should of joined the “Triple A” team. So are schools killing creativity? My answer is “Yeah Buddy.”

    • Carmine says:

      Paul,
      I found you post quite hysterical, but you still stated your opinion at the same time. I think you should’ve added a little more information but overall it was short and sweet. Good job!

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      So, do non-TripleA teams do non-creative things, in your opinion? Your post doesn’t make a lot of logical sense in this regard. In addition, there are no references to the video at all. I have no way of knowing, based upon this post, whether or not you watched the video at all.

  20. Carmine says:

    I think that Sir Ken Robinson is a very admirable man for finally bringing this topic up to the attention of our school boards. In his video he talks about how schools are killing kids creativity during their everday lessons. When going to school kids change from the way that they behave during fun activivties and hanging out with friends, and they become bored and bland. Is this really how we want the youth of our country to behave at an age were they should have fun at school? A second grader shouldn’t have to act mature. They should be able to draw and play fun games every once in a while, not sit in their desks and go over boring lessons every day. Sir Ken Robinson said that the reason kids arn’t afraid of being wrond is because they don’t know what the consequences will be. By giving them detentions and sending them to the principle to be yelled at, all we are doing is building up that fear and causing them to stop doing those creative things. Even if they’re bad activities we are still crushing their creative thinking. Sir Ken Robinson needs to continue to fight at this topic and try and help a little bit.

  21. Isaac says:

    I think that schools do sometimes kill creativity by inflating lessons or giving long boring lectures. If schools wanted to make their students excel they need in my opinion to get more hands on, and visual. More art related projects would be fun to. I think it would make kids want to go to school and it would make generations of smart, and creative adults.

    • Anthony says:

      As true as what you say may be, you have to understand that every student is a unique person like no other. You speak of art related projects, and this may be fine and dandy for most, I would hate class if I had to do anything artsy. Math class, for example, is my favorite subject of all, because there is almost always a right answer. Everything else is wrong. When I write a paper in English class, I have to keep in mind every comma rule that varies if this happens or if that is followed by this. Creativity can be found in other places than school, and I don’t feel it should be the government’s job to monitor our creativity.

    • Kelly says:

      I agree with you Isaac. Some schools just focuse on boreing text books and packets to fill out after reading about the material. Creativity in a school is just about everything. This one school that I went to practically didn’t let us be creative at all! We had the same teacher for two classes and we would not get a passing period. All we did for those two hours was read from both textbooks and get packets and worksheets. I really didn’t learn much at all by using that method of teaching. But when I came to Eagleview, the creativity opened up by a lot! We talked about the topic, got different opinions from students, and got more projects every month. For me, making at least one project a quarter helps me understand the material a whole lot better because you have to do more research and often have to right a paper on your topic. I liked that. I learned the material SO much faster. And I thought that it was easier for me to learn and I understood it a whole more as well!

    • Jamie says:

      Isaac,
      I agree and disagree. You are correct about art projects being more creative, but I think there is more to creativity than art. Possibilities include, hands on activities (science expeiriments), instead of lectures (like you said), there should be more fun activities to do such as acting out cretain scenes in a book, creating a comic strip of plays or battles. Have opportunities to do a not academicaly related activity on random (or selected) days. Just some thoughts though. Great post! Art is really fun!

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      It would be nice to see some examples from the video. See the prompt.

  22. Rex says:

    When you think about schools, most kids groan. Of course they do. I would be one of those kids who groan every time I see a math test or when my teacher say “Open your books to page 120.” Schools think that it is much more important to learn about why one plus one equals two, rather than learning about music, art, and acting. If I went around any school and asked “Which do you like better? Academics, or exploratories?” My guess is that seventy five percent would saw their exploratory classes. That is because our academic classes are boring. Who would rather sit in a desk, than walking around and learning by talking and not taking notes. In first, second, and even third grade, if you talked in class, the teacher would listen. It seems from fifth grade up, you talk, you get a warning and then detention. The schools think because you’re younger, you have more freedom but kids our age need more too. The teachers and principles and administrators need to add creativity to the daily lessons. Ken Robinson even says that schools are killing creativity and he is right. How many minuets are we allowed to go outside for math? I would much rather sit outside and do something out there rather than sit in a desk and figure out questions that we won’t need later on in life. My mom was helping me with my homework one time and she said that “schools are losing their touch of fun. I remember when you came home and you had to color for homework. Middle school is tough and boring. Trust me, I’ve been there.” My mom is a teacher and she said that. People all around the nation hate school because it has no creativity.

    • Tanner says:

      You’re totally right. 99 out of 100 kids would most definitely groan at the thought of opening a textbook. For math class, i can understand how it is necessary to have the kind of system where the teacher says “open your books to page 120, we’re going to learn the quadratic equation”. But in classes like language arts and social studies, you expect them to be fun and creative. Mr. Stewart I think does a good job in that, I think this school does a good job in keeping creativity, just most schools don’t. You’re right, teachers see you talking and they automatically think you’re talking about how you got three Nukes in Nazi Zombies last night. They don’t take a second to think “hey, maybe this kid is talking about the lesson I’m teaching, and about his/her ideas about it and how he/she thinks of it”. No sir, they go straight to “disrespectful” and you go take your chair and sit in a corner. You’re mom is right, school’s are losing their touch. Perhaps the reason why our nation-wide academic level is so low is because people are so darn bored in the classes that they tone out and don’t want top learn. School’s should do a better job in having us wanting to learn through creativity.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      I might argue that not all of life is going to be exciting, but that doesn’t make it any less essential. When you are filing your taxes, signing up for insurance, or cleaning your bathroom, you probably aren’t having a lot of fun, but you are doing something important.

  23. Tanner says:

    He is both right and wrong with his speech. Some school are killing creativity yes, but not all are. He is making is seem like all the school are destroying our creativity and replacing them with words out of a textbook. He says that teachers main purpose is to educate us for the future, but he argues who knows what the future is going to be like in five, 10, 15, or god knows how many years? It’s hard enough of teachers to prepare us for a future that is so unpredictable. One of my old school’s main purposes was to express student creativity. While obtaining the record of the best education (K-12) in the entire country, they also excelled in expressing creativity. The teachers pushed us to have fun with our learning, every year wasn’t the same lesson plan as the last. They mixed it up a little, made learning fun. This helped us learn and become creative thinkers on our own. We were able to “think out of the box” more or less. Now, I know that most schools don’t have the funding to make their school’s academic paradises full of creativity, but they can at least try with what they have. Things like getting rid of P.E., and the arts classes only make students be less imaginative. Think way back when you were in P.E. as a youngster, think about all the random games you came up with. Funky forms of tag, and dodge ball, all with your own creative rules and equipment. And about the arts, I can’t even begin to say how much creativity is in just one class. Theater probably has the most, especially when it comes down to improvisation. You have to make up on spot lines and stage directions and just go with the flow. So much creativity is put into coming up with ideas and how your character acts and moves. This is only just one example of the numerous classes in the arts section. Now Sir Ken Robinson and his British accent may have a point on school’s killing creativity, but not all are. I’m sure that there are still plenty of schools with great thinkers, we just need every school in the nation to be like that.

  24. Mark says:

    I dislike the thought of having to wake up in the morning everyday to do the same exact things all day. I do think that schools are killing creativity because we just sit there all day having to take notes, take tests, and more. The schools expect us to sit in the class all day and listen to them talk. We are still at the age where we have a ton of energy and ton of creativity. We are so happy when we get a break and watch a movie or hang out with friends. So we should get an extended time to hang out with friends and run around. When it comes to class time we groan because we have to sit there all day and take notes. The teachers need to find a way for the class to be more creative for our good. We would have better results on tests and homework because we actually will have fun ways to learn. I understand that the teachers are trying to prepare us for the future but, at the same time we are still young and desire fun. Robinson said that students are afraid to be wrong and think that if they get things wrong they’ll get in trouble or get humiliated. This is stopping students from giving their full potential and that leads to lose of creativity. I enjoy the fact that Sir Ken Robinson is standing up for us saying that we need to have some fun in our school years. I understand if each year you go to different grade that the creativity will go down because we are heading towards our adult life which is a lot more serious.

    • 167290 says:

      Mark,
      I agree with you when you say that we have tons of energy and need dispose of it somewhere. The school board thinks that since we are eighth graders we have fully matured and are ready to have jobs. We don’t have jobs for a reason. In my old school while I was in sixth grade we got at least three times a day to go outside and play. At my current school they rarely supply us with a ball to play with and when they do it’s a fifty cent foam ball that nobody can throw ten yards because the wind will take it. When Sir Ken Robinson told the story about the dancer that really stood out to me. She went from someone telling her mother to put her on medicine and calm down to becoming a multi millionaire just because a teacher figured out a solution to her dancing in class.

  25. Kelly says:

    I really thought that what Sir Ken Robinson said was very true and I agreed with him 100%. I think that he had a good majority of ideas, thoughts, and key points on why or why not is schools are killing creativity. He said, “Creativity is just as important as literature” I thought that that was a really good thought, and I thought that it made a lot of scence. Because, what he is means by that is that even though literature may be at the top of the list if things to know, creativity ties with that. Think of the world that we live in today… Anyone can get a very good career from just having a creative mind. Anyone can make their future out of creativity. Because without creativity in the world, how would there be any music? Without creative minds excissiting throughout the world, how would a guitar make its sound? How would a canvas become a painting of a glowing life? Or how would a single drop in ink become the poem that everyone is talking about? Because without creativity, the world would be slightly boring. No color, no life… to make sure that that doesn’t happen, we need to make sure to keep our schools filled with creative activities. Have one more project in the year added to the agenda. Don’t have the teacher tell them exactly what to do. Let the students think of something that they feel expresses themselves. Something that they feel is creative. Something that they feel will get them that A that they disserve. for a student to have that opportunity on what they decide to make, for them to decide on how the project goes will help them go above and beyond to let those creative minds open up. Open up, to see what a student is capable of making. Capable of making something creative.

    • Edward says:

      Kelly I agree I think the thought of literature being as important as creativity is not true creativity births objects not knowing verbs and predicates make a sentence the core of ideas is a wild mind.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      I believe he said that creativity was just as important as literacy – which is different than literature. You have a great post here!

  26. 167290 says:

    Sir Ken Robinson had many great ideas but the one that stood out to me the most was when he spoke about having a college degree. I’ve been told in order to make it in life you must have a collage degree, but that was how it was a couple years back. Sir Ken Robinson talked about students who had bachelor’s degrees simply went back home to play video games instead of finding a job and the students who have PHD’s got jobs right away. My question to him would be, what will happen when even the students with PHD’s can’t find a job. Will the kids who listen to this eventually just stop trying to get a college degree?

  27. Jamie says:

    I really believe that Sir Ken Robinson is a very smart and intelligent man. He has all the right ideas about schools and creativity. I enjoyed what he said about children who are incredibly intelligent and creative but have the idea that they are not because teachers and school personnel are telling them that they aren’t. I strongly advise that there should be more talk about this issue. Students and children should not be brought down by the people who are supposed to be guiding them through life. Having said that, I do understand where theachers are coming from. I do understand that they have absolutly no idea of what the future will bring because they are only human. I believe that even though they don’t know what the future will be like, they can only do the best they can. Even though we don’t know the future, we as humans CAN make mistakes, and more than likely we WILL! Not only will we make mistakes, we will learn from them so that we can be better than before. How do you think Thomas Edison invented the light bulb? he was expeirimenting on what the filament in the lightbulb was made out of so it wouldn’t burn up. He made mistakes and learned from them so that he could invent something better than before. He didn’t make just one mistake, he made a lot. I believe that is Sir Ken Robinson’s main point. People are taking creativity away because they are focusing more on academics. Just like Sir Ken Robinson said, “I believe that creativity is just as important as literacy.” He is absolutly correct. He addressed an extremely important point that not a lot of people take into consideration when they are trying to educate others.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Great point. I think if teachers foster creativity, students will be much more prepared to deal with new situations later in life, because they are flexible.

  28. Anthony says:

    I find it interesting how he says that teachers are trying to educate students about the real world, while they have no idea what the future will look like. He also says that creativity is what puts us in this place in which we have no idea what the future will look like. Schools aren’t necessarily killing creativity wholly, but rather dimming it down. The fact that children aren’t frightened of being wrong could also be considered a bad thing. In the real world, you make one mistake and you could lose your job, or your house, or even your spouse (Depending on how bad your actions were.) He believes that if you are afraid to try something new, nothing new will ever happen; this is true. I believe that if you let life play out, and simply try to be average, you’ll be set in the world, with a house and a happy family and a job. It’s those who try to be great that invent the motion picture, or write the New York Times bestselling book. It is also where the murderer spawns from, or the serial rapist. We need to find the middle ground, where people know what the consequences of being wrong are, but they also understand that to be great they have to take risks.

    • Jonas says:

      This is some good ideas and I think you hit this topic head on. you’re ideas on how teachers of today are trying prepare us for the future but we have no idea on how the country and the world will work and look.
      That was good and the idea that little kids will not feel bad if they get something wrong and thats ok, but older people need to realize that the kids will learn from the mistakes and will eventually learn instead of teachers branding them with grades and instantly correcting them.

    • Heather says:

      I disagree with you that people should just try to be average. If people try to always take that easy way out of life no one will ever get anywhere. Also, many people who are very determined and fight for what they want are successful. Murderers and serial rapists don’t come from that.

    • Hayden says:

      Anthony i enjoyed how you said that teachers are not killing creativity wholly but dimming it down. I strongly agree because in my post at the end i said that teachers aren’t purposely killing creativity. I also found it interesting that you depicted the possible outcomes of a single mistake in the reality world. You are also right about the part where you said that it’s those who try are the ones that write New York Time magazines and establishe motion pictures.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Good. I like the distinction. We should avoid mistakes if possible. But if we try something new and fail, we should learn from this and move on.

  29. Jonas says:

    Sir Ken Robinson had a lot of really good ideas and he hits all of the right points. I think that he is spot on in his speech. I think that most of the kids in our school can think of some classes that will not give them creative encouragement. The thing that he says that gets to me the most was when he said that parents and teachers put down kids on being artists and musicians. I think this is terrible because I can think of all of the children across the country that had potential and were shut down at an early age so they could not be what their dreams were leading them toward.

    • Britta says:

      I love what you are saying there Jonas. Ken Robinson is spot on in his speech. Even though there were a few things I didn’t really understand and I needed my mom to explain them to me I got what he was saying. There are probable a lot of students that could name a lot of classes where they are killing creativity. For me I think one class that kills creativity is math, we never do anything really fun in that class, and the teacher doesn’t do anything in the classroom to relate to us as students and so we can understand what the heck he or she is talking about.

  30. Matt says:

    Sir Ken Robinson has stated a very important and critical statement on today’s education system. It has come to a point where we’ve began to think that there is only one answer and only that answer. I personally I believe Einstein was a great example of failure builds success. During his childhood he was failing school and everyone thought he was “stupid” kid and eventually became the one the smartest person to live on Earth. Also when focusing on the one answer that is the same every time you eliminate the chance of opening the opportunity of coming up with something new. With all that being said we are preparing students for a future world that is advancing too fast for us to prepare for. The world has advanced so much within the twenty-first century it becomes a point were we can’t prepare for what will come in the future and are going to end overwhelming ourselves. A prime example of this is that almost all jobs within a office require prier experience with computers and expect you already have those skills when some older people have little to no experience with computers and loose their other jobs cannot find another one because they lack skills of technology. In the end we need to look at things from the bigger picture and do the best we can to prepare students with technology.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Really great point. I think teachers (including me) should heed your advice. There’s more than one correct answer, and even if you are wrong, your methods may be solid. This could translate easily into meaningful grading and, more importantly, meaningful teaching!

  31. Edward says:

    I think Sir. Ken Robinson brought some heavy points in the conversation schools are killing creativity. I believe that adults are shielding children to the point of killing creativity in fact my elementary school canceled an entire project because they thought it was too dangerous when all it evolved was glue and paint. Another example was Jillian Lyn she went to dance school versus normal school then became a multiple millionaire. they thought she was adhd some would put her on medication. and that is what is happening school is made for one person. Also is not made to show what people are good at says Sir Robison although it should. Shouldn’t it if kids are going to make leaders they need to make it more interesting and creative that’s why I like my teacher’s innovative ideas to make the lessons stay in our mind. Ideas that keep us away from conventional “one person” thinking of text books we have Blogs, we draw pictures instead of conventional notes copying that is to easy the more creative the more we learn. I bet Einstein or Carver couldn’t name a text book they used the districts need to rip of the safety tape and foam corners and let us be kids by being creative.
    for more points by Sir. Ken Robinson go to the link below

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svRV8k-
    ARkE&feature=autoplay&list=PL2D12BE5782885007&index=25&playnext=2

  32. Heather says:

    I strongly agree with Sir Ken Robinson’s views on the question “Are schools killing creativity?” He made good points on how educators need to be educating children for the future when no one has any idea what the future is going to look like. Teachers always tell us that school is the most important thing and comes before all other activities. Many people go into Careers that don’t require much schooling at all and are they are very successful. Educators limited us from reaching our full potential. Yes, there are people who benefit from the way schools are run and go off to become lawyers or doctors but, that’s not even half of the students. Children need to be active and engaged in their learning instead of the same thing day after day. He also brings up that people are educated to be afraid of making mistakes and that making mistakes is the worst thing you could possibly do. How are you every going to move forward from anything or try something different if you’re too afraid to fail before you get it right? Look at anyone in history who has accomplish great things. All of them have failed before they succeeded. I would also like to point out that I never hear anyone being excited to go to school because there nothing to look forward to. Sometimes it’s necessary to just sit down and take notes, but after a while the students minds wonder off and then they don’t get anything out of it.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Wow. It’s a good point. What is there to look forward to? Hopefully some classes provide a safe place for kids to express themselves.

  33. Britta says:

    Sir Ken Robinson is correct about so many things. You can’t move forward or do anything different from your daily lives if you’re afraid you’re going to fail at it or that it might be too different from things that your used to. Every great person in history failed or made mistakes, or even were scared to make progress because they wouldn’t know what the outcome would be. But look where we are now. Because of these people we have made an amazing amount of progress in what we now call our daily lives. I remember there was one episode of Phineas and Ferb, (I know what your thinking, why the heck was she watching Fineas and Ferb? but it was because my sister was watching it) anyways this one episode was all about killing kids creativity. If teachers and congress changed how we are now like the way they did in this episode, we’d be nowhere. I think that the schools should give us just a little bit more freedom. Lately I’ve opened my eyes to what’s really going on and what kids and students are acting like and I can see why the teachers are not letting us do anything we want and are “keeping us on a short leash” but the reason that they’re doing this is because of the way we are acting. I believe that if we acted a bit better and a little kinder the teachers would let us do more activities in class that involved creativity and let us do something fun and creative.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Maybe teachers need to provide more behavioral leeway during creative expression…

    • Janelle says:

      Britta,
      I love how you state your point and it’s so true that if we are ever to make life better for ourselves, then we need to do something that might not be in our comfort zone. But there’s a bit i don’t quite agree on, although it would be nice if schools gave students a bit more freedom, but there are a lot of kids out there that just can’t handle that freedom. It’s a gentle balance that can’t lean to one side any more than the other.

  34. Rachel says:

    Sir. Ken Robinson has a very interesting point. I believe that everybody has a different way of learning creativity. For some, it is through drawing, others dancing, and others writing. Now with people, what we do is we do our homework and then go relax and be lazy. I think that is also a big part in why people aren’t as creative anymore. So, school can partially kill creativity but I think that a majority is that us being Americans, we can get almost whatever we want, whenever we want so we are not very creative with the time that we have.

  35. Madison says:

    I do think that schools are killing creativity. They have every student tightly bound. We don’t have any room to explore. As a growing mind, we need to flourish our mind with knowledge and fun! I have noticed over the past three years that kids behavior has plummeted. Children are getting intolerant, rude, and worst of all perverted! I think teachers HAVE to do this or some students will go out of control. If our attitude and work ethic improves, I think we will get more options to be creative.

    • Christina says:

      I agree with you maddison,
      Kids now a days think they have to be rude and perverted to express their creativity, and I believe that if teachers did something to make work more fun and creative, maybe kids would be more tolerable to the idea of school.

    • Austin says:

      I am so thrilled that you said that, Madison. It is hard to believe how fast kids can change. Especially in middle school. Students can become worse without enjoyment of school. Leading to bullying, cussing, and like you said, perverseness. Teachers must act on this problem which will not only benefit their education, but their character as well.

    • Chloe says:

      i love the way you think! Speaking up as a student i know that if i were a student that skiped class because it was boring for me to take notes that i would’nt be skipping class if we were playing a game, or watching something.

    • Ashley says:

      I agree with your post Maddy! With creativity now in our everyday lives, we could even grow up not knowing how to incorperate creativness in our work. To me it is also a very important thing to have!

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      That’s an interesting point.

    • Percy says:

      Maddy, I am so impressed with your word choice! I like when you said “tightly bound” and “flourish our mind with knowlege!”. You are a word master! Good post.

  36. Bret says:

    I believe that in some cases schools are killing creativity. I know that this has happened to me many times when k have been doodling in class and have been yelled at for doing it, I agree that I should have been paying attention, but I dont think that the school provides enough time to let the students express themselves through drawing or coloring or even reading a book. I believe that is kids don’t get enough time to draw when they are younge they just decide in the future that they will just decide not to do it all together. I believe that the school should give even just 10 minutes a day to let kids listen to music, read, or draw just a time for them to relaxe and be creative with what they do. Schools should lighten up with the rules in some cases and let kids be who they want to be or else the future will be incrdibly dull!

    • Mollie says:

      Bret,
      I really enjoyed your comment. There a few spelling mistakes you sould of fixed though! I agree that 10 minutes a day with music could help me open my mind and think some more!

    • Christina says:

      I agree with you completely bret,
      Ten minutes of listen or playing music, or even reading would make my day a Whole lot better. Kids do deserve some freedom, because if they don’t get it know, then when they get into the real world and they have all this freedom that they might not no what to do with it all, and they could end up hurting some of their responsibilities.

    • Chloe says:

      I agree! I think students should just be aloud to have time ti get up and dance and move there feet and express how they’re feeling. In 6th grade you are required to take a gym class to stay in shape. Why not make it a requirement to take a dance class or an art class.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Good idea. I like the ten minutes a day idea. Can you provide some solid examples from the video?

  37. Mollie says:

    This video I found very interesting. I actually would have to disagree with what he is saying. I think many schools are making a great effort by adding in clubs and technology classes to help our creativity levels. I watched another video to see what another person thought.
    This one is By Larry Lessing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Q25-S7jzgs&feature=relmfu
    He said many things similar to Sir Ken but I will have to disagree with him as well. I think many schools are putting extra time and effort into helping schools with creativity!

    • Ashley says:

      I like your thoughts on how teachers ARE tring their best to help kids levels of creativity by making school clubs and sports avaible. However, I think it’s more adding creativity to our learning more than after school activities. Good post!

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Give examples of what schools are doing to foster the creative side.

  38. Nicole says:

    Now that I think of it, we are educated out of creativity. As little kids in kindergarten all we wanted to do is color, draw and express our selves in every way possible. But as we got older our teachers demanded that we sit in a desk all day and watch them write on the board in front of the room and put books, work sheets, tests in front of us. You say what is wrong with your teachers trying to help you get farther in life by teaching you all the skills you need. I’m not saying that any of that is bad but what I am saying is that sitting in a desk all and just taking notes, reading textbooks, listening to the teacher then you get five minutes to breathe and then back to taking more notes, reading a different textbook, or even test. Doing the same thing 7 times each day 5 days a week we get no time to be creative, or expressive. We lose the urge to any thing creative.

    • Chloe says:

      I like how you showed that when were young we got alot more freedom to show how creative we were anf got to be. We would draw a picture of what WE thought looked like a dog but in the teachers eyes looked like a house. If we kept drawing like that i feel we would be so much farther in life. As that guy said ”We dont expand our creativity we grow out of it” because teachers think were to old to draw a picture.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Agreed. What could be changed? What would be a reasonable request for your teachers?

  39. Austin says:

    Sir Ken Robinson had one great thought that struck me. If students do not know what the answer is to a question, they will consistently “give a go” (or a guess) to what the answer is. This becomes a terrible habit. This is especially true when they are not afraid of being wrong. This is one way schools can destroy creativity. I think schools can come up with new ideas students can put effort into their work. When students become acquainted with the habit of constant guessing, it tends to get worse over time. So shouldn’t our teachers act on this? Most teachers will tell their student, “you’re failing”, or “you’re not getting your work turned in”, or “do your work!” But does that really help the student? A real challenge to this is that teachers cannot be focusing on one particular student when they have an entire class to worry about. This squarely puts the responsibility of the student’s education on the parents. The sad truth, however, is that most parents are too busy, too tired, or not interested in their children’s development. It is my opinion that the teachers can coach parents to be better educators and advocates for their kids. No one can (or should) teach a child better than their parents. Schools should begin their plans educationally with that foundational truth. I think parents will rise up to meet that expectation if parents are told they must participate as part of the student’s development track. Our educational system has created some bad habits for the teacher, student, and parents. But these habits can be changed over time with good training and clear expectations.
    Robinson brought up another important truth about our education. Not just American education, but the world’s education. He spoke of subjects such as dance, drama, and arts. These classes that children seem to enjoy with a passion, are devalued by the school for their education at the bottom of their list. This is a HUGE reason schools have “killed” their creativity. Isn’t it completely obvious? Schools have put in too much focus into academics that they forget about their students enjoying their days at school. This, in my opinion, is why children absolutely HATE math! Robinson said clearly that world languages and MATH are the subjects taught in every school throughout the world and seem to be the most valued by schools. No wonder students hate math, schools have put too much emphasis on this subject to make students stress on this particular subject. It becomes unbalanced. Robinson additionally commented that even though math and language may be some of most important things to learn in your education, the arts are just as important. (That blew me away) How true is that? Students go through elementary, middle, and high school for a reason, to become what they want to be. How will students become inspired if they are learning the same thing every day? They learn these things to use them for their dream in life, not just to learn them. Students should thrive in their school experiences, learn something new, CREATIVE. That’s how students will enjoy their education, through exploring.

  40. Christina says:

    I believe that Sir Ken Robinson put out some really strong ideas, with very strong back up, but honestly I don’t think it is only school that kills our creativity. We sit in school for eight hours everyday, five days a week, and during that time it seems like we our only using half our brain. School seems to make us focus with our left side of the brain, the side for reasoning and problem solving. While the right side, used for art and expression, just sits there not being used. Thankfully our school provides exploritories and after school clubs and sports and programs. Also, it seems that our school has large percentage of young teachers, who are closer to our age and know about more recent things that we like, such as music and movies, and they have newer ideas on how to incorperate them (after being in school for nine years kids have seen every attempt of a teacher trying to make class more fun).
    Good for teachers and schools “trying” to make school more fun, but really they havent killed “all” of our creativity. When a kid gets home from school, the first thing they seem to do when they walk in their house, is turn on the tv. It is good to watch tv, so you can learn about the news and what is going on in the world, but honestly how many kids come home from a Long day at school and say “hmm, I think I want to learn what is happening with the elections for a new mayor.” It just doesn’t happen like that. Kids would rather watch mind numbing cartoons, where the creativety is all there , and all they have to do is watch. Cartoons are not bad, and they are actually kinda fun to watch on those days when you don’t feel like doing anything, but I still think kids should try to get out there and experience the real world. Kids learn by making mistakes, and they shouldn’t be scared to. So go out and make mistakes!

    • Sierra says:

      I like how you included how our school has a lot of young teachers that are some what close to our age. They know how most of us like to be creative so they create things that let us use the other half of our brain.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      True. Students who have been in school for nine years are education experts. Thinking about your last paragraph, I wonder if you would feel that students sitting and being fed someone else’s creativity is actually being creative. If a student sits idly in a desk and watches a teacher lecture and then goes home and idly watches television, is that the same action?

  41. Chloe says:

    I think this guy really knows what he’s talking about because has tons of awesome examples about how he thinks schools are killing creativity.
    Kids dread coming to school. I honestly think they don’t hate learning, i think the hate how they learn. Having to get up at 6:15 then sit in a desk and listen to your teacher go on for what seems like forever about either
    a.) something that’s to complex for you to comprehend in words
    or
    b.) something you already know.
    People learn something new everyday. When you think about what you learned and where you learned the information then you see it was possibly from maybe the TV, Internet, or pictures. Very little does a child go home super excited to tell there parents that they read a three page essay about who invented light. They want to be able to see something visual.
    When i was in about third grade i would always get so mad at my classmates for copying my ideas. I hated it so much i would tell my teacher. of course there was nothing they could do except say “They’re inspired by you”, “You’re just an awesome thinker”, “Your ideas are just so great they can resist taking them”. Teachers are not always encouraging creativity either.
    One thing i love about my Language Arts class is that right now were doing a book report, and the students get to come up with how they would like to present their book to the class. I loved the ideas from the start. I got to work as soon as we were assigned to it. I’m so into it because i decided what i wanted to do to show my creativity.
    I think that Sir Ken Robinson has awesome examples. My favorite was where the little girl sat there and listened to her mother talk about her and how she didn’t know if she was sick. Then the doctor and the mother left her in the room with the radio on and she started dancing. Kids like that show there creativity with there body’s not in school, witch have very limited choices to pick from for an exploratory.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Your phrase “I honestly think they [student] don’t hate learning; I think they hate how they learn.” Such a powerful reminder to teachers.

  42. Sierra says:

    Being a military child you get to see a lot of schools, and I mean a lot. Each one of my schools I have been to has a way to express their creativity. Schools are not killing creativity, and if anything they are trying to build students creativity. A student has a choice whether or not they want to be creative or not. If student that want to be creative they can show it in the papers they turn in, their exploratory classes, and how they show themselves. By the art room right now is a case full of clay projects and each and every one of them is different and unique. To create any thing like that you have to have creativity. Even when I see doodles that some of the people in the class room has drawn; I am amazed on how creative the doodles are. Some schools could be killing creativity but I know for one thing, any of the schools I have been to, the school is over flowing with creativity.

  43. Ashley says:

    I do agree that schools are killing creative and the potiential for kids to express themselves through it. School as most people know it is textbooks, papers, bookreports, etc. When really for kids of all ages it is important to have hands on creativity, while also learning. People are less balanced out as a person if they don’t have some color or “flavor” in their life. With it, life is bland, boring, and too original. Therefore more hands on work, or visual learning even would spice up any normal day of learning out of a textbook!

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Nice ideas. I’m wondering if you could revise this a little bit and use some specific examples from the video, as the prompt asked you to address elements of his talk specifically.

  44. Seth says:

    Sir Ken Robinson had some great points in his speech. I do believe that schools are killing creativity. There are certain teachers in this school the do the very same thing. Those teachers have been doing the same thing that they have been doing since they were hired. On the contrary there are certain teachers who do the opposite. Those teachers kids enjoy going to every day and enjoy participating to the fullest degree. He made some very keen points in his speech like the one were he says “schools are focusing on making new world leaders and or artisits or actor or things of that nature.

    • Brice says:

      Seth, you have a very good point. Some teachers at this very school do that. Your are very write, however i think there is more teachers that try not to then try to.

  45. Brice says:

    Some schools may be killing creativiity, but not all of them. I think that those schools could kill creativity, but I also think that teachers are killing creativity. If a teacher is mean, controlling, and or demanding then those kids won’t enjoy being in that teachers class. A teacher should be fun and do entertaining things that keep the kids active and participating. Mr. S Does this in his LA and SS classes. To conclude i think that some schools may be killing students creativity, but the teachers are one of the may reasons.

  46. Zachary says:

    I believe that creativity in some teachers mind is just way to slack off on their homework. This is why most students don’t get to show talented they are your how wonderful their masterpiece can be. But most don’t get to see their creativity because of the blindness of the teachers. I would enjoy to have creativity project to show to everyone, which we have in are class. This would really improve life for kids in the far future. This must be a dream for all children but so few adults believe in this.

    • Patrick says:

      Sorry Zach, but I have to disagree with you, I think that creativity for teachers is not for students to slack off on homework, And there is plenty of other ways to show your talents. Teachers think that students forget to do there homework, and not doing your homework is just forgetting, it doesn’t have anything to do with creativity.

  47. Patrick says:

    I agree with sir ken Robinsons idea that everyone has an interesting education. I have to disagree on his idea that some schools are killing education, because I do not think it is the school, it’s also partly the teachers. The teachers that are killing education are the teachers that are very controlling and give lectures almost everyday. If teachers are controlling it makes a student have a different feeling about the class, therefore not wanting to pay attention or even sometimes go to school. Teachers that are nice and are decently strict make our education more exciting. It gives a whole different perspective of education. As for me, for example, my teachers are nice and not to strict, so that is one of the main reasons why I want to go to school and learn new things.

    • Riley says:

      I really enjoy how you start to explain which type of teachers kids are interested in paying attention to. I also agree that a mildly strict teacher who is more joking makes me feel more comfortable in that invironment, which makes me listen more than a strict teacher.

  48. Trevor says:

    I liked a lot of what Sir Ken Robinson said such as how children aren’t afraid to make a mistake but as you grow older you grow out of that feeling. I really like how he views creativity and how he feels creativity should be at the same importance that core academics are. I didn’t really disagree with anything he said in the video. Something that stifles my creativity would be in example when you have to respond to a prompt so the topic of my writing is something I really don’t care for. But on the other hand I believe when you are given a prompt to write about what ever I want I can completely make it up or I can write about something I actually care about.

    • Mr. Stewart says:

      Good point. Free-form writing is better for some. However, you will encounter moments in life where you will be confined to a specific criteria. You’ll need to be able to do both well.

  49. Brittney says:

    In my opinion I belive that schools are destorying creativity because the only time kid’s can be creative is when when are doing a project, but we cant even be that creative. I think that because we dont really pick what we get to do for projects. We dont even get projects that often. Also when we do projects we have to get a grade on it. If we are being creative I think we shouldnt have to get a grade on it, so if you arent artistic you get points taken of. We get told by teachers all the time “be creative with your writting, projects, ect…” but how are we suppost to be creative if our teachers give us something to write about. I think that I would get better grades if I could choose what I can write about or what I do my project on.

  50. Riley says:

    I think that Sir Ken Robinson is great for planting this situation into the minds of our school boards. He is quite correct that schools are in a way murdering kids creativity. Besides the normal elections/ exploratories, we need to have special programs for those children who are more creative. My school runs a team called “Triple A” which is a team for gifted children. Children such as musicians, actors/actresses, artists, and other artistic activites. Perhaps if all school had this sort of opportunity for their students we could start to change the effect we have on our children.

    • Elijah says:

      I think youre right,Sir Ken Robison is great for planting this situation into the school boards.if school dint revolve arond grades, school would be a nicer, stable enviroment.

  51. Nicholas says:

    I think Sir Ken Robinson did a great job of adressing the issue if schools are killing creativity. And personaly, I think schools that teach the same subjects over and over again just make students believe that creativity only involves the basic academical feilds. Creativity is something unexpected but turns out more than just an essay or a project. Creativity allows students to open their minds, to explore and learn new things. What I think schools are doing is just throwing knowledge at you like a curve ball. It just bounces off of you and usualy ends up being useless. Thats why schools need to allow for students to be inspired by what they can already do and make things the way they want. Then that way we can actualy learn things and interpirate our way. After all nobody is the same. Schools teach everyone the same thing so we try to understand things that has one answer and if its not that, its wrong.

  52. Janelle says:

    I love when Sir Ken Robinson said that if children are never willing to be wrong that they will never do anything creative or original. If you are never willing to make a mistake, especially when you’re young, there’s no way that you could ever do anything that is more you than anything else. I believe that there’s a lot less point in life if you are always trying to do something exactly like someone else did. Where’s the fun in life if you don’t add your own personal and unique flavor. Life’s like ice cream, if everyone had to eat vanilla, and only vanilla, there would be a lot less people eating ice cream. Even if it’s something small, like vanilla bean, or French vanilla, at least it’s different from just plain vanilla. As long as it suits you, it doesn’t matter if you like ketchup with your ice cream, if you like it doesn’t matter if others don’t approve. Although occasionally it’s a two Way Street, being original is a lot easier if others aren’t always disapproving of it and explaining how it needs to be sprinkles, not relish on your cookie. If you like it, then go for it, and ask others if they think it would be good idea only if you make sure to combine the two opinions instead of booting one out the door.

  53. Percy says:

    I agree with Sir Ken Robinson. School’s are killing creativity. School is really boring, and it’s drives kids insane. Then they start acting like animals. I think that if school were more exciting and open to creativity, then kids would be more behaved. They would also be more enthusiastic about going to school. I think that assignments should have multiple options on how you do them, so that students can be more creative in their work. Schools should open more doors and let kids express themselves more.

  54. Elijah says:

    Well, I think schools are killing creativity.the schools only seem to care about grades and making themselves look good.If schools cared a little more about creativity people would enjoy school more. It seems like the schools onlycare about grades.School needs more creativity and less grades. I totaly agree with Sir Ken Robinson. the 8th graders are the only mature people in middle school. Kids go nuts when there forced upon all this work. everyday school gets more boring and awful. The schools need to let the students be more open minded and free.

  55. Brynn says:

    I believe that schools are killing creativity. More and more assignments are becoming packets you must copy out of a book, or read and assignment and write a paragraph. When funding is cut it is almost always Art or Music class that suffer the most. As Sir Ken Robinson said, ” If children are never willing to be wrong that they will never do anything creative or original?” If teachers are constantly putting us down and telling us we are wrong, why would we even try when we know we’ll get yelled at? These things need to change. Teachers also need to be different. They don’t seem like they want to teach. All they seem to do is yell and punish us, making us mad more so then teaching us.

  56. Daniel says:

    I agree with Sir Ken Robinson. In one class, for example I’ve noticed that about 70% of our work is now bookwork, with the other 30% being labs, or projects. I also think that scool administrations are getting greedy. with the budgets being cut, and plans for the most sucsessful schools getting more funding, teachers are focusing on the core programs, rather that evenly balancing them, just for $$$. To quote Robinson, “if children are never willing to be wrong, then they will never do anything creative or original.” I think that he meant that kids will just get yelled at if they do any origial work, instead of following the book word by word.

  57. Kyle says:

    I really like being creative, but I’m not really a creative learner. When I am creative I’m either drawing or building something. Sometimes I like life in the classroom, I don’t just want to sit in my seat all period,I want to get up and be active sometimes. If I can’t be active during class I’ll most likely talk to people around me, which usually leads to me getting in trouble.

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