空中英语教室：201101114 MP3在线课程 Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Can students really be creative at school?
High school students Erin and Paul are talking after class.
Erin: What do you think of Mr. Powers' assignment?
Paul: It doesn't matter what I think. Mr. Powers did all the thinking for us. He told us exactly what to do and how to do it.
Erin: What's wrong with that?
Paul: There's no creativity involved. If I decide to do the assignment differently, I'll get a bad grade.
Erin: Why would you want to do it differently?
Paul: Well, I might want to be creative. Maybe I want to think outside the box. But schools kill creativity. Mr. Powers' assignment is a perfect example.
Erin: Schools don't kill creativity. The structure, the established hours and the schedules all help prepare us for the expectations of the real world.
Paul: Schools just ensure we're all alike. Think about it. In school, we are taught to get the right answers and to conform.
Erin: But we have to learn skills like reading and math to be anything in life. Those subjects have right and wrong answers.
Paul: I know. But we also need to be able to play with ideas and not just complete assignments.