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Challenge of connecting education with creative aspirations of students

SHRIVIBHAVANA

Every child born with creative potential. The age of 3 to 5 years is very crucial for creative development. Through encouraging creativity, parents and teachers can support children’s academic performances and learning process.

Creativity is often conceptualized as independent and separate from academic curricular goals. Creative thinking has been discouraged seriously in schools and classrooms.  As a result, creative thinking scores among children have been decreased significantly.

Educational scholars say that creativity and imagination will help children to get prepared for the unprecedented changes, global challenges and risks, and an uncertain future faced by our nation and the world.

Seema Udupa a teacher based in Bengaluru says that implementing creativity in classroom makes the students get involved in their learning in a better way. Moreover, it is our duty to pull the creativity out of the students. But not much time and initiatives were taken in the school to identify the creativity among the students in classrooms.

Even parents have recognized the importance of creativity.  ``Our education making our child ready for the needs of employers. Whether they think out of box or not it doesn’t matter’’ says Rekha, a parent.

One of the major challenges faced by today's students and the parents is the prioritizing the curricular and extracurricular activities. Curricular activities mostly related to reading and home works. These activities are taught in line with the machine learning.  With the advancement in the Artificial Learning (AI) tools, the role of teachers and parents is has become minimal. Adding to this, higher academic ambitions, stiff cut-offs are killing the creativity among the toddlers. Still, compared to a decade ago, atleast a section of parents are now showing interest in allowing their children to pursue the course/ combination/ field of their choice. Value and importance of creativity education.

According to educators creativity is very important, especially in the early childhood education. They recommend adopting creativity in the school curriculum. Teachers should take the responsibility of developing creativity among the students in the classroom.

Sudha U D a primary teacher says that `We emphasize on creativity in our school. They showed much interest in those classes and they were excited about it. Having creativity in the classroom makes students get more involved in their learning’.

P Ramakrishna, a principal of an elementary school says that we just don’t have time for nurturing creativity. We are forced to channel our curriculum to teach a test.

`Elementary teachers were not aware of creative learning.  But early childhood education teachers are aware of it. In elementary school teachers don’t come with this mindset. They follow traditional approach’ he said.

 

Factors that pushes the creative part aside

  • Lack of resources is a barrier to nurturing creativity in schools.

 

  • A disconnection between childhood education and elementary education

 

  • Lack of parental support

 

  • Time Constraints associated with curricular rigidity stop

 

  • compromising with anything other than curriculum.

 

  • Lack of understanding of creativities

 

  • Lack of children’s freedom of expression and choices.

 

How to increase creativity in Education

First and foremost a teacher should identify student’s creative behaviors.  The common opinion among the teachers is that creativity should be included in curricular activities. Secondly, regulations associated with standardized tests should adopt flexibility. Educators should show interest towards creativity and efforts to teach it. Having more space for free-play activities is also important.

Especially important for creativity development should be given when children are young. Creativity learning should be brought to the notice of policy makers for a positive change. Efforts such as these could culminate in creating greater time, space, flexibility and motivation for including creativity in education.

The role of parents: It is easy for the academicians to suggest the parents to allow their children to pick the activity of their choice. Still, many parents believe that one of the responsibilities of the children is the realizing their dreams. For example, many parents from the urban areas prefer their children to join the music, computer, painting or dance classes. There is hardly any support for the fields which are less travelled. The emphasis for the selected few art forms in the visual media and on the internet has made the things more complicated. For example, many children may like to go to their natives and do experiments in the farm sector. But it is not supported stating not a viable option. Similarly, social service is also denounced in the India society compared to the western countries.

According to Shyam Bhat an academician, even though student life is a most suitable period to think creatively, the best option to select the stream of choice only after attaining the minimum educational qualification. "I feel graduation is the minimum qualification one need to attain before taking any challenges. We may see several sea-saw situation in the life. In such a period, this comes in handy," he concluded.

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