The reason I wrote this as my first blogging assignment is the lesson I had today. My professor was amazed by the presentation my groupmates have done, even if it was just PowerPoint. This made me to think “Who is responsible for students’ creativity, if PowerPoint presentation or simple video are considered to be creative?”. People who came up to my mind were teachers.
Firstly, let me start with the example. Back in 2007 I had to argue with my teacher, because she claimed that Kazakhstan’s territory is so large that it is 6 times bigger than France. My argument was that the book that she is reading from is wrong and Kazakhstan can’t be so big in comparison with France, but I got bad mark for arguing with teacher and apparently for arguing with the book. Kazakhstan is four times bigger, I have checked it. This example might sound like a complaint of a person about his old wounds, but it illustrates the main role of teachers in modern education. From early age teachers are authorities in charge. They are people who provide us with basic information and most of the time we consider it as correct. They are like first page of Google search, it is much easier to trust them, instead of looking for other sources.
Moreover, teachers are first people to evaluate our achievements in education. Their opinions and, mostly, marks they give us, shape us as individuals. Students are assessed by teachers for their memory capacity, being compared with their peers by number of achievements they have (OECD, 2014). Ken Robinson (2010) stated that learner with excellent mark, will have opportunity to study at universities, because they followed instructions and repeated the same thing he/she was told, society might label him as successful. While ones with low grades 1) might have low quality job; 2) might consider himself/herself not smart enough, usually these people are called losers. Is it fair to assess every kid by the same criteria or is it better to get rid of standards and treat every student as individual? Making subjects understandable for kid, at the same time keeping his/her individualism and cultural identity by being his/her guide instead of tyrant, is the way to save creativity of learners.
OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). (2014). Secondary education in Kazakhstan: reviews of national policies for education. Paris: OECD Publishing.
Schagen, I., & Hutchison, D. (2003). Adding value in educational research—the marriage of data and analytical power. British Educational Research Journal, 29(5), 749-765.
Changing education paradigms [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U