Creativity at school

28.11.2019 13:04

Do school kill creativity? 

Having watched a speech by Sir Ken Robinson students were asked to write their opinion.



If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

This is definitely a statement that I think is true. Something like this can be proven just by thinking about it. For example, when was the last time you had an original, creative, world-changing idea? You probably can’t think of any. If you can, then that’s great and you should definitely pursue that idea. In my opinion, the creativity of mankind in general is decreasing, because at a very early age, we are forced by schools to be objectively correct. If for example you were to come up with a new way to calculate a complex mathematical formula, it would most likely be rejected, because of course why to do it differently, when you can just blindly follow the formula that already exists. But if the formula was proven to be incorrect, that’s a sort of a success too, because at least you tried to come up with a new original way. A person that was taught at school not to make mistakes probably wouldn’t even have thought about something like this. Creativity should be definitely given more freedom. 

Matěj Česal, 4.G 



If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.

I agree with this statement. Take a look at the education system we all know – your task is to sit down, stay quiet, listen to the teacher, write down the information and then accept it and memorize it so you can pass the test. When you think about it, this system made sense at the time it was created because most people worked in the factories where this is exactly what you need – to do what you’re told otherwise you’ll be punished. But nowadays we’re living in a new era – companies want employees who can think about the problem and find the best solution. However, if we were taught that we’ll be punished if we do something wrong, we would never try. This is also the reason why people, who used to have worse grades at school, are successful businessmen – they are used to a failure so they are not afraid to try, even 10 times.  

Kateřina Chovancová 4.G 



Creativity now is as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.

 I partly agree, mainly because nowadays factories are trying to find people with imagination and creativity, who could solve problems that happen on the spot. We have computers to solve a math question and robots that do manual labour. Before there were no computers nor robots, everything needed to be done by hand. However, if you want to be a celebrity in the art department, it’s very hard to succeed. There are too many people with talent that you need to be exceptional to be able to find a job. 

 Although creativity is valued, you don’t need it to earn a living. In my opinion, math and languages are the most important part of education. Everyone who wants to live a decent life should know at least the basics of Math and their maternal language. Of course if you want to work as a doctor you will pay more attention to other subjects, but the basics are vital.

 All in all yes both creativity and literacy are important skills but it all depends on what you want to do in your life. 

Michaela Macková, 4. G 



The whole purpose of public education throughout the world is to produce university professors.

I completely agree with Professor Robinson’s statement. To me it seems that now if you want a decent paying job, I’m talking about a minimum of 20 000 Czech crowns a month, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Employers are focusing less and less on past work experience. This has led to academic inflation.  

Let’s say you were looking for a job as a quality inspector. Having a degree was not mandatory, instead you needed a lot of experience as a worker in manufacturing so you knew what flaws you were looking for. Nowadays you just need to have five years of university on your résumé, with no past experience what so ever, and you are hired! Of course the first two years you won’t know what’s going on but that’s OK because you’re a collage graduate. 

I think that public education, universities in particular, should be more strict with the number of students they accept in order to stop academic inflation. Quality not quantity should be the main purpose of public education.

Radek Balajka, 4.G 


Se studenty diskutovala: Mgr. Jitka Kadlečíková


Sir Kenneth Robinson je britský spisovatel, pedagog a mezinárodně působící poradce pro vzdělávání. Ve svých dílech a přednáškách zdůrazňuje význam představivosti a tvůrčího přístupu v učení, které podle něj tradiční vzdělávací systémy v dětech naopak potlačují. Za svou práci získal řadu ocenění. Wikipedie
Narození4. března 1950 69 let, Liverpool, Velká Británie

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