In modern schooling not enough emphasis is put on the creative aspect of learning. Children are taught Maths, English and the Sciences thoroughly but they aren’t really encouraged from a young age to express their creative side and perhaps pursue a career in the arts. Often if you are lucky there will be one lesson of art a week in which you can get a reasonable all round understanding of different types of art from drawing to painting and sculpture. If however a child takes a shine to it or is clearly very talented all they get is a pat on the back, there is no designated path for them to go down in the early stages of their life.
Something simple that could be done in schools is to start up ‘activity’ lessons or hold them at break times, each teacher would be able to choose an activity from drawing to sculpture, acting or singing and then hold sessions where instead of being ‘taught’ the children are just allowed to express themselves. A cheap way of encouraging children to use their creative side a bit more and get a little more practical in the classroom is to use one of the cheapest and simplest materials…paper! Paper is fantastic in that it can be shaped, folded and stuck together to make almost anything you want and is the perfect way of getting kids started with craft.
With a simple internet search online you can find paper suppliers who offer cheap supplies in every colour and size imaginable and also thousands of templates that can be printed out and then folded and stuck together to create shapes. If any children show some talent then they could be moved on to more complex projects like origami. There are so many free tools at your disposal to help out that there is really no excuse not to encourage children to do these things.
Hopefully at some point in the future education will take in to account not only arts and the creative side of learning but also people who prefer a more hands on approach. Not everyone is ‘book smart’ but some people can wire a plug in 20 seconds and build a wall. Education needs to be far more diverse and encourage different strengths of different people rather than just focusing purely on learning facts from books.
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