Thinking Outside the Box

This video makes a lot of valid points. Watching it brought me back to a conversation I had 2 years ago with the new associate principal at Boone High. We were supposed to be interviewing him on something for the school paper, and we got soooo off topic. First in the obesity epidemic in America and what causes it, then to how our education system is stuck in the 1900s production line education that is no longer working. Sure, some people test high in their standardized testing, but as this video shows, interest in school has gone down in correspondence to the increase of standardized testing.

I could not agree more with the point made here, there needs to be major changes in the education system if people want to avoid total failure, and creativity is almost totally extinct. There are a few students who survive the monotony, and even those ‘artsy’ students are now becoming very mainstream. No one thinks outside the box anymore, everyone’s done something someone has already done. Honestly, where is the fun in that?

Personally, I LOVE the thrill of creating something new and knowing it’s mine. Sometimes my best work comes out of a crazy jumbled mess, there’s plenty of order in chaos, you just have to know how to look at it. In the words of Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society, “We must constantly look at the world from a different point of view,” or something along those lines. It is in fact sooo true, why would you want to look at something the same every time? There are no new ideas created that way. If you look at a picture of a scribble and all you see is a scribble, then there’s nothing special about it. If you look at a picture of a scribble and see an idea, that’s when your creativity blooms.

Creativity and change are two things that need to hit the education system hard. Not only that, while a degree is a very good thing to get, you are no longer guaranteed a job with one. This is why so many people are asking, “Why get a degree then, if I’m not guaranteed a job?” Good question.

Think about it.

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