Creativity and Imagination are more Important……


I read the recent post on a dear friend and blogger Delhizen’s blog, about how a person can be still an achiever despite being labelled a dunce by our education system. The moment I finished reading it, the train of thought in my mind broke the sound barrier. Yes, with the number of 90+ percenters each year, most of the people hardly ever look at the 80 somethings; forget about the rest.

But still there are countless success stories, where a person has had no formal education but still rose through the ranks to mark his/her place. Our education system in good, very good, but it has a flaw. It measures everyone with the same set of standards. A lot of pressure is put on the child to perform within those constraints. It is quite difficult and more than half the kids end up mugging the subjects, and don’t understand an iota of it.

A child should be allowed to do what he/she is most capable at. Let the child discover it for himself/herself instead of forcing a choice. Creativity is far more important than just reading books. Yes, books provide you with knowledge and knowledge is power, but what is the worth of it if you neither understand it and nor do you use it. I personally know many 90 percenters whom I categorise in the category of fools. They got the percentage by lapping up the words in the books, but still are uneducated. They can’t think for themselves, lack creativity, need someone to guide them and can only follow, and more importantly they can’t think differently. There vision has become focussed. They can’t see the complete picture and think differently.

No, not all 90 percenters are like this and not all ‘just passed’ are capable of thinking outside the box. I just wanted to give weight to my point that more important than just merely reading, is understanding what you read, trying to apply it and use your brain to create new ideas or modify old ones, rather than just travel the beaten path.

You may be a 90 something guy or a school dropout, it shouldn’t matter. You can create your own destiny by hard work and by applying your brains in the direction of your interest. Marks are not the end of the world. Go create your own destiny.

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2 Responses to “Creativity and Imagination are more Important……”
  1. Sapna says:

    Here the culprit is not so much of our education system as much as “The pressure to perform” or rather our definition of perform i.e “Marks”

    “A lot of pressure to perform within those constraints” is a reality of life. You can’t wish away the pressure or the constraints. But what we can definetely do is modify the evaluation pattern that does not look for set answers i.e make it more subjective. Even in exact sciences like mathematics, there can be multiple ways of solving the problem and arriving at the answer. What is even more important is that we teach the kids how to handle pressure and help them understand that “Marks are not end of the world”, there is lot more to life tham marks and a stable job.

    “They got the percentage by lapping up the words in the books, but still are uneducated. They can’t think for themselves, lack creativity, need someone to guide them and can only follow, and more importantly they can’t think differently. There vision has become focussed. They can’t see the complete picture and think differently.” – For this particular reason companies don’t rely on marks alone for recruitment and have their own tests and patterns of evaluation. And for the people who don’t want to work for other companies, life and their chosen field of occupation would have its own checks in place to see that only the best get ahead and the rest remain irrespective of their academic scores.

    • snowleopard says:

      Yes we can’t wish away the pressure but we can widen the contraints a bit. Don’t confuse the two. Pressure is important but contraints are not. By contraints you straightjacket the mind of the pupil, which is wrong.

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