Too Creative?????

Posted: March 18, 2015 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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My son got a mediocre grade and the best compliment one can get. He is in college, training to be a teacher, working with middle school students, specializing in social studies and math. Today in one of his education classes, he was told his project was “too creative.” He received a pretty mediocre grade because of it. I’m quite proud of him.

Because here is the thing. Education is changing but for some reason, people seem determined to maintain the status quo, creating obedient “factory workers” for factories that really don’t exist anymore, at least not in the U.S. We read statistic after statistic about the switch to a creative economy, how the MFA is the new MBA, and the constant need for more and more creatives and yet we are still training for a model that is becoming increasingly irrelevant. What we really need are creative teachers, teaching and challenging our children to tap into their own creativity. Why on earth would anyone want to stifle a future teacher’s creativity?

In education as in most of life, being too creative is like having too much love, or too much money. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

  1. Melissa says:

    I hear you on this one!!! The world is a scary place at times!

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