From Marginal Revolution:
From Creativity: Asset or Burden in the Classroom?, a good review paper. What the paper shows is that the characteristics that teachers use to describe their favorite student correlate negatively with the characteristics associated with creativity. In addition, although teachers say that they like creative students, teachers also say creative students are “sincere, responsible, good-natured and reliable.” In other words, the teachers don’t know what creative students are actually like. (FYI, the research design would have been stronger if the researchers had actually tested the students for creativity.) As a result, schooling has a negative effect on creativity. [Emphasis added.]
Of course it does. Only a fool labors under the delusion that schooling exists for any purpose other than to train children to be allegiant to the state, comply readily to orders, and to stamp out any and all forms of individualism from children. Simply look at the metrics of schooling: everything is centered around getting good grades, wherein all students come to the exact same answer in the exact same way. Diverging from the standard answer results in a bad grade, with the implicit message being that one is never to disagree with the official answer for any reason.
Thinking for one’s self is roundly discouraged, as is creativity and individualism. All students are expected to comport themselves the same, reach the same answers, and sometimes even dress the same.
Furthermore, schooling is not even about education, at least in a general sense. The schooling regimen is so compartmentalized that it bears no resemblance to actual learning. Many courses of study are interrelated. One cannot study a given branch of scientific study without first knowing the language of the text, nor can one generally study science without also having some mathematical knowledge (at least number sense, as well as addition, subtraction, etc.). One may even find it useful to know the history of the discipline as well. Yet, “educators” somehow get into their heads that somehow each of these elements are separate things to be taught separately, with no regard for how they relate to one another.
Basically, public education has no value outside of forcing children to surrender their individuality and creativity to cultural conformity imposed, from above, by the state. As such, it is time that we disabuse ourselves of the silly notion that schools can be used for education and inspiring creativity.