Schools Kill Creativity

A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew. She would occasionally walk around to see each child’s artwork. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.The girl replied, “I’m drawing God.” The teacher paused and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.” Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the little girl replied, “They will in a minute.”

Even if kids don’t know the correct answer, they are willing to “have a go”; at that age, they are not frightened of being wrong.  The lesson learned is, if you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

By the time we grow up, most kids have lost that capacity. Grown ups run companies and schools this way–we stigmatize mistakes; mistakes are the worst things you could make.

Pablo Picasso said, “All children are born artists.  The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” We don’t grow into creativity, we grow [or are educated] out of it.


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One Response to Schools Kill Creativity

  1. Perkins says:

    My creative writing students hate it when I give them a reply like, “I don’t know. Do what you want–you’re the author!” One girl has learned to stop asking for help and instead to ask for “my opinion” on her writing.

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