Creativity In High Schools

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Creativity is often considered the amalgamation of all things that make us human. To some, it is the fundamental essence of living. However, many believe that schools today are killing that part of us. It’s something we have all heard, young or old, that education at it’s current state, wherever that may be, needs reform. Throughout countless reforms and changes, the United States has certainly incorporated creativity into schools, but they haven’t exactly done so successfully. At the two high schools I have been at, I have been at, I have seen the two prevailing attitudes towards creativity. It is a matter of application, do we apply creativity to all subjects, or do we limit it to the traditional “creative classes”. Schools by no means kill …show more content…
In this metonymy the license is tangible proof of success. But that also gives the license a sense of superficiality, as if to say that the science of dentistry is tedious. It is monotonous, they are, “ a clumsy sadist whose fillings fall into the stew”, these are all conjectures we carry throughout. These preconceived notions inhibit us from seeing that creativity can permeate in all classes, rather than stop it beyond english, art, or music class. “On Education” may not apply to schools or education today (it was written in 1789, only fourteen years after the United States was a country), but Elizabeth Bentley’s perception on education seem to be the same ones shared by students today towards science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related classes at East. There monotony is highlighted as teachers seem to only, “teach [students] each serious, each important truth”, with little room for creativity. English, for example, has a reputation for being fluid, creative, and beautiful, while math has a reputation for being …show more content…
It’s probably surprising to hear that a state that is stereotypically known for extreme southern prejudices, toothless hillbillies, and an actual 40% illiteracy rate does a better job of incorporating creativity in education, but while these are true outside of Lexington (henceforth Fayette County Public Schools), FCPS is one of the best in the nation, and statistically better than Williamsville. The reason why is, in my opinion, the incorporation of a platform that allows students to be passionate about what they want and truly display their creativity. By setting up entire schools with programs that focus towards performing arts, STEM, or even languages, FCPS allows students to live up to their potential with a healthy encouragement of creativity in the classroom. Personally, I was in MSTC (Math, Science, and Technology Center) at Paul Laurence Dunbar (It even has it’s own Wikipedia page), which, as the name suggests, is geared towards STEM subjects. By designing a separate advanced curriculum for those passionate about certain fields, FCPS gives students an idea of what they could do to pursue their interests. In fact, in the article by Laura Pappano, she interviews Russell G. Carpenter, program coordinator for a new creative minor at Eastern Kentucky University. Dr.

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