What do you think: when it comes to creativity, does a standard education – established by traditional studies and achievements, evaluated by standardized testing – affect creativity?
The New York Times recently asked a slightly different – albeit related – question: Are we educating students on the important stuff, or just how to pass the test?
In the NYT article, a unique, changing, education system is on the rise at Seth Boyden Elementary School in Maplewood, New Jersey: “The school is rooted in a theory by Harvard University professor Howard Gardner that asserts that in addition to teaching reading and math, schools should focus on how children interact with one another and express themselves through nature, art and movement.”
The article expands on how education has changed at Seth Boyden Elementary School, and notes on what the changes are doing for the students: “The approach seemed to work: test scores went up and the school moved off the district’s list of schools in need of improvement.”
Consider your formal education: did you learn how to exercise your creativity and experiment with variables? Were you educated into believing that there are more ways to get “4” than simply “2+2”? Or were you led to believe that there is always a right way to do something and a wrong way?
Consider a comment from a post from GOOD Magazine titled Can Teaching Around the Test Marry Creativity and Standards? which reads:
I’ve always believed in a creative education and somehow standardized testing does NOT cover all aspects of capability. It merely reflects how much one remembers and how much one is methodical.
What do you think? Is it time to re‒consider what education means to you? Is it time to re‒evaluate how you learn and how we – as a society – educate each other?