Guide for teachers to kill student’s creativity

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 Journal29(5), 749-765.

Changing education paradigms [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Guide for teachers to kill student’s creativity

  1. Thank you for your post! It was interesting to read it because I have experienced the same feeling you described when I studied at school and even university, and I love Sir Ken Robinson’s videos as well. In my point of view, in our case it is all about our nation’s mentality and a teacher’s status in the classroom we used to have when we were students (now it is lower). We did not have voice to argue not for the sake of doubting the teacher’s knowledge but to find the truth, to be able to justify our arguments. Hence, we are lack of this skill in the present. What concerns creativity, we had and some of us probably, still have boarders in the mind as if we were trained to do the things by algorithm. However, I hope that the next generation will succeed and what is the most ironical thing is that namely our generation is teaching them in the schools to be creative and to be critical thinking individuals.

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  2. When I saw the headings, I said: “Wow, I’m gonna read it!”.

    And thanks for your guidelines.
    I totally agree that it is useless to argue with teachers about the knowledge that they give. Don’t be discouraged, as it is not the case happened with you. It seems to me that it is the mentality of our Kazakhstani education, to see teachers as omniscient ones. I think that teachers’ perception of their status in front of students is immense or immeasurable. I also experienced similar situations. To my mind, Kazakhstani teachers are afraid to say that they don’t know some facts about their subject as it may low down their position among their co-workers and students. However, I remember myself saying to my students when I was a teacher as “I am not your dictionary, find it yourself” (in a friendly manner, of course). And students accepted it as normal because no one is perfect.
    By the way, I think it was a great idea to compare teachers with the first page of Google. That was really meaningful.

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  3. Sapar, I would say that every single of us has an experience of being taught by teachers who do not meet our expectations. There is also a post made by Dinara regarding teachers assessment and how students give feedback to teachers. Connecting both of your messages I would say that to eliminate the issue,that you have mentioned, teachers need to be reflective and critocal about what they are doing.
    Answering your question I consider that stadardization is not the best practice. Every students has different background, interests and learning abilities, that is why differentiating students and applying individualistic approach are crucial for raising children with varying perspectives and ways of thinking. Here is the link to the book I read about differentiated classroom and its aspects http://www.mccracken.kyschools.us/Downloads/CarolAnnTomlinson%20Differentiated_Classroom.pdf
    Hope you will enjoy it 🙂

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  4. Señor Primo de Rivera,

    You have hit the nail on the head with your first post. Alluring title? Check. Personal, yet critical tone? Check. Support with literature? Check. Strong, accurate, grammatical writing? Check.
    One sentence to clean up:
    Article and punctuation: From __early age___ teachers are authorities in charge.
    5/5

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