Creative Writing’s Role in Education Teaching & Learning...
Learning is the Ground Work for Great Ideas and Quality Living
By Stu Leventhal
Ideas are the spice of life but where do the best ideas come from? What is the first step for cultivating ideas in a community? How do we create our geniuses of tomorrow?
Can schools save the world? Certainly!
Will schools save the world? They haven’t yet!
Schools like to tell our students what has been done nicely so far. They inform us what is acceptable and expected. They do not teach us how to come up with our own novel ideas!
Do schools teach us how to think for ourselves or do they push their own opinions and agendas on us? Are schools trying to graduate clones? Is there a better way to educate?
Do most schools teach war and hate? Most do not! Some fanatical school systems do of course. But the majority of civilized school systems, set up in noble communities the globe over, all teach the value of peace and cooperation among people. Obviously, since we have not yet been able to eradicate war and violence the pacifists are not teaching with enough vigor and vim as needed!
Yes, new ideas are necessary and they usually come from youthful students fed up and frustrated with things as they are.
So where does war and violence come from? Why are they perpetuated generation after generation, year after year? Why do the schools fail to get their messages across of fair play and justice for all? Can a new breed of creative writers make a difference?
Most great achievements are accomplished against school policy, without school support, out of school, even despite school. Therefore if you are a student, especially a creative, artistic student, perhaps with writing career aspirations who wishes to do great things one day, you will have to be an explorer, trail blazer, a forward thinker not a backwards thinker.
Schools preach history, which is stuff that happened. They know not what is going to happen next but sometimes they guess. Schools’ roles are to prepare us for this unexpected phenomenon which is on its way called living in the future.
Schools have administrations, which means, they need approval to change their curriculums. This almost definitely assures they will react too slowly to the present pop, fads, breaking news and currents of the streets.
Passions have been raised and have grown long cold before schools can come to grips with and accept that something significant has even happened. They find out about stuff way too late, far after the fact, to help or assist. The best any school systems can hope to contribute is an apologetic, half measure of perverted damage control, perhaps some analytical explanations why, which none of the other schools will ever agree to agree upon.
Of course when something bad happens, our schools always claim that they are starting to plant the seed to grow preventative measures for impeding a repeat of the negatively deemed behavior in the future.
Education is based on old news, old theories and old ideas. Every new generation’s goal is sound new ideas!
Schools grade! They are not qualified to. Know that you must evaluate yourself!
Art Galleries around the globe are full of works we visit and everyone agrees they are genius. Some artists and their displayed works many of us fall in love with, while others we simply hate.
We say the beauty and value of art is individual and personal. Yet we trust schools, who are supposed to be opening up our child’s imaginations and exposing our children to new horizons and possibilities to judge, stifle and quiet their students in the name of education and culture and learning!
Is value really in the eye of the beholder or in the eye of our schools? And, we have already concluded that schools are always outdated!
Schools create selective curriculums that are very sketchy at best.
You cannot build skills and confidence by forcing opinions on someone, telling them what is the right and wrong ways. When our goals are new ideas, we need to use our stations, authority and assets to expose people to great things that inspire higher thinking.
We need to supply the tools and opportunities to everyone because we know not where the next leader or champion is coming from or who he or she will be.
Our best minds have no means of experiencing and accessing what they need to create greatness on their own. The school’s job is to allow students to grow and to give them everything they need to develop. The students should determine what means what to them and what is important to their community, mankind as well as to their own personal lives. You cannot force people to learn. You can give them the chance!
Remember new ideas are what we seek and that requires people who can think past what we are teaching.
Schools are for Juveniles. We all outgrow schools, even teachers. Adults pay no serious mind at all to schools and the whole assortment of vast educational networks that exist. We only give our schools even the slightest thoughts perhaps when we have a child enrolled otherwise a school community is out of sight and out of mind as far as adults and the adult world is concerned. This is noticed by the students and thus students regard their schools, lessons and professors accordingly with the same lack of respect and mild tolerance that everyone else gives them!
I say stop trying to prepare us for the future, the unknown and start helping us to build the future everyone actually wants! We need a world full of quick thinkers who can adapt to any situation that arises. We need to turn students into idea machines not memorization, zombies!
Generally artists and great thinkers are experimenters, trail blazers, curious, restless souls with a desire to know things.
All great artists seek to create something unique that has never been done before. Schools can lead us closer, increase our abilities, instill the necessary determination and give us the means but then they need to get out of our way. But students, you have to absorb all you can.
Students are the future; new ideas are their dreams, hopes and desires!
Great people all have to try and fail then pull themselves together to try again with a better plan and renewed efforts. We need to be willing and anxious to learn our entire lives. We must practice and persevere, experiment, take risks, if we are to eventually conquer, win, become wise, experts or just understand something new. Schools need to aid in that process, not dictate the terms or determine who gets to participate. After all, if the answers were already in our schools, our books, our museums, we would not need new ideas!
*Writing is how we figure out what to do and how we develop our plans. Creative writing whether fiction, poetry, historical, biographical is how we determine if we are headed in the right direction.
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