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Little room for creativity in the classroom

Most of our public schools still run on an industrial model - like a factory, where children are put into boxes according to age and ability.

This process of schooling follows the framework of historical education processes and procedures, such as standardized tests, and learning from a one-size-fits-all curriculum. It is closing the doors on passion, imagination, discovery, and problem-solving, leaving little room for creativity.

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MORE IDEAS FROM This Is What Happens When We Close Doors On Creativity In The Classroom

Research was conducted to test the creativity in children over a period of twenty years. The results showed the proportion of people who scored at the genius level of creativity:

Amongst 5-year-olds: 98%

Amongst 10-year-olds: 30%

Amongst 15-year-olds: 12%

The same tests were given to 280,000 adults who averaged 31-years-old. Their creativity levels were down to 2%.

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  • In the 18th-century, Common schools emerged and provided education to students of all ages. Parents paid for their chid's tuition and provided housing for the teacher.
  • By 1900, 31 states required students between the ages of 8-14 to attend public schools. By 1918, all students had to complete elementary school.
  • In the late 18th-century, European factory-type education came to the surface and was adopted in North America in the mid19th century. Student outcomes were designed to meet societal needs.

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When we remove critical parts of a curriculum that lead to creativity - such as free play, music, art, recess, and gym - we can quickly squash a child's passion.

As parents and teachers, it is our place to encourage creativity. Our job is to lead and guide by example, by letting our kids discover, embrace, and change their world. We should not step in too much or take over and interrupt the love of learning.

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A natural love of curiosity

Creativity can be defined as having the ability to take new imaginative ideas and turning it into reality.

When the natural love of curiosity is not allowed to blossom, we lose when it comes to potential talent and entrepreneurship.

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In 2015, The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ended federal interference in State standards. ESSA was supposed to unleash a "flood of innovation" in states and districts across the country.

However, it is hard to measure creativity and innovation. Only when we

  • let kids discover their internal paths of interest,
  • use their imaginations,
  • explore creativity,
  • stop all unnecessary rote memorization and standardized testing 

will we set children up to thrive and change the world.

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Defining homeschooling

Homeschooling is a progressive movement around the world where parents educate their own children at home.

The homeschooling movement began in the 1970s when researchers and authors such as John Holt and Dorothy and Raymond Moore started writing about educational reform. They promoted homeschooling as an alternative educational option.

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Two of the biggest innovations

Two of the biggest innovations of modern times are cars and airplanes. At first, every new invention looks like a toy. It takes decades for people to realise the potential of it.

  • Adolphus Greely, a brigadier general, was one of the first people outside the car industry to consider the usefulness of a "horseless carriage." He bought three cars in 1899 for the U.S. Army to experiment with. It was envisioned to be used as transportation of light artillery such as machine guns, to carry equipment, ammunition, and supplies.
  • The Wright brothers saw the prospects of their new flying machine to be used as a reconnoitering agent in a time of war. The U.S. Army purchased the first "flyer" in 1908.

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