Saturday, August 11, 2012

Education and Creativity

Every cause has its characteristics reflected in its effect.

Today’s education system swallowing clean ,unwritten ,free thinking capabilities of children at the age of five and only allow to let them out at around their midlife or even in some cases more later.

During all these years they are been taught in a certain way to understand life and world. They been train to follow the process and rules so robotically and memorize them all; which will not allow them to think in an alternative fashion and finally makes them dead obedient.  By the time they get old they forget to try out mistakes and become afraid of being wrong.

We do all this to make them ready for the next unpredictable future which cannot be defined and controlled, what an irony is this?

Children’s have a great capabilities of innovation and potential to think out of the way as they don’t know the proper followed way which  might leads them to explore their unreleased potential of creativity.

The whole education system is based on academic ability how much you can remember i.e., swallow in before the exam and spit it out in exams. We get marks in exams only for the right model answers which are predefined.. so where is the scope for thinking and creating something new ?

This is followed everywhere and ultimately this becomes our habit and the nature of walking between the signs.

In the next 30 years, according to UNESCO, more people worldwide will be graduating from education than since the beginning of history. It’s the combination of technology and its transformative effect on work, and demography and the huge explosion of population.

There was a time when you used to get job as you pass the HSC but now a day’s not even graduation is fulfilling the criteria. You need to have a post graduation to get job and soon god forbid it will be doctorate. Rise in population and mushrooming of education institutes in every corner of road supplying lakhs of graduates and post graduates every year while at same time world is becoming more robotic hence creating an imbalance in demand and supply and when too many things chase too little things inflation is bound to happen.

We are processed by education not to fail while successful people who are college dropout or some of them who never went to college treat their failure as a first step towards creating something valuable.

Sir Branson left school when he was only 16. Ironically, his first successful business was publishing a magazine called Student. Today, Branson is known for his brand Virgin, which includes Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, and over 300 other companies. Also adding to his grandeur, Sir Branson bought his own 79-acre Caribbean island when he was just 24.

Steve Jobs who dropped out of college after just one semester created a world known leading innovating company Apple.

Bill Gates has topped the Forbes list of “The World’s Richest People” continually since 1995. Gates took an interest in programming while attending preparatory school in Seattle. To earn time on early shared computers, Gates and his classmates offered to debug corporate software. When he was 14, Gates earned $20,000 from his first programming venture. After scoring a near-perfect 1590 on his SATs, Gates enrolled at Harvard but left, without a degree, to co-found “Micro-Soft”.

According to Gallup some 50% of employees are not engaged in their work today, costing around $300 billion in lost productivity, and so many are unfulfilled with their career paths. It’s a decoupling of their pursuits from their passions.  They never found their sweet spot, and ended up pursuing something that they were assured could pay the bills, rather than something they were truly passionate about.

There is a large potential lies in each one of us, just waiting to be discovered.