I must say I’m not sure what creativity is anymore. Having been schooled in the traditional way of rote learning. I memorized my way to a degree. Have I ever been given the opportunity to be creative when I was young? I don’t think so. The way I grew up was by knowing I cannot make mistakes. Mistakes are bad…
“If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you wan’t come up with anything original.”
That’s the 19th century. We are living in the 21st century. Times have changed… In the past, you are crazy and would starve if your ambition was to create a website. Today, look at what Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter have achieved. These are multi-million dollar companies. All they did… create a website!
School is the place where you do not want to get caught being wrong.
How about our pupils? I was just talking to my pupils today about the need to be responsible for their own actions and future. I told them that they are growing up in a world where nothing is for sure. I told them to follow their dreams and pursue them. I told them they were allowed to make mistakes in my class (provided they learn from it). But in my heart, I was struggling, how else can I teach them to survive in the world they are growing up in? How can I NOT teach them OUT of creativity when all I ask them to do all day long is practice, practice and more practice?
Am I a killer of their creativity?