How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship

from Forbes

The current model of education in the United States is stifling the creative soul of our children. While this is troubling for a variety of reasons, it also has significant economic consequences for the future of our country. America has long been unique because of its remarkable ingenuity, innovative capacity and entrepreneurial spirit. Yet over the last few decades, we have witnessed both a steady decline in the number of startups, as well as an increasing number of studies that suggest America’s education model fails to promote the kind of creativity, risk-taking, and problem solving skills necessary for entrepreneurship, and for a world and labor market that is in the midst of profound transformation. These are very worrisome trends.

According to research conducted by Kyung Hee Kim, Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, all aspects of student creativity at the K-12 level have been in significant decline for the last few decades. Based on scores from the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, her study reveals “that children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.” That is depressing.

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98 Responses to How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship

  1. Kiana Dixon February 11, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    Choosing this article it allows me to learn more about children and they way they operate in this generation and why that is. Working with children everyday all they have is creativity beginning at the ages of kindergarten through second grade. However in my experience, when they enter the third grade and are put with the older kids a bigger responsibility is put on them when it comes to education and also socially. In the article it describes how children have started to become less and less creative and socially expressive which it quite depressing, and I totally agree. Children make the world go round no matter how bothersome they can be at times. Ever since we have entered professor Shannon’s class, he has noted that the education system has brainwashed us with memorization and has not really taught us how to learn and think; just as mentioned in the article as well, “we stigmatize mistakes,” and the result “is that we’re educating people out of their creative capacities” and destroying children’s natural willingness to take chances”. Without taking chances of being wrong makes it harder for one to know if they are ever right. Having these systems take over a child’s mind concludes how the future will continue to decline in innovation. Because technology is becoming more prominent in the 21st century the modernization of their generation will not be any different if those education systems are continued to be promoted. Not saying that all the main courses of the system need to be diminished but perhaps adding more creative classes and also adding new ways of learning that does not always require reading and writing, but exercises for the mind that help one think further than they should.
    Introducing those methods into the education systems could help enormously and the brain of an entrepreneur is created once again.The purpose of the article is to inform others to let not only children but also people fail before they succeed because that is usually how one becomes better and also great. I think having the Steve Jobs comment in the article really helps further the argument because since he was so great it is always endearing to hear one’s thoughts and theory of being great. Which is what we can have in not only all children in the future but also us today if we stop worrying about being wrong or failing.

  2. VM February 12, 2016 at 12:01 am #

    I’m very happy to see an article of this nature. I believe it to be extremely crucial for today’s society to understand how big of a problem this is. Children nowadays are merely being forced to go through the motions. All of the things they love about learning and being independent and creative are being taken from them, in most cases. The style of learning in the school systems are becoming somewhat robotic and repetative. Children are being forced to hit targets so their educators or their institutions look good, but what about them?
    As this article states, “The current model of education in the United States is stifling the creative soul of our children.” And then goes on to state how much this is impacting the economy, which is very true. The bashing of the creative process in the young minds of our society is only negatively affecting our economy, as well as its future. These children are the future and if they’re not free to create and think on an individual level our economy will fail right along with them. The article talks about how children are afraid to fail. They’re being taught not to fail which should not be a thing. Failure is part of the process. It later discusses how in reality it should be the opposite of this.
    I witness this first hand in my eight year old cousin. She is currently learning math the common core way. When I was in grade school this was never a learning method. Teachers taught us how to do problems multiple ways and then they always suggested we used the method that worked best for US. Today children are being told what is right and what is wrong, and if they deviate, whether they achieve the correct answer or not, they are wrong. This is irritating and frustrating. I think that in a system like this all children will be the same, leading to adults all being the same. There will not be those few standouts who can create things by thinking outside of the box because they will have always been taught to think inside the box. That’s crippling to think about in my opinion because this will lead to the development of nothing for our future. Children shouldn’t be taught that failure is a bad thing, they should be taught to fail forward. Fail and then try again. Without failure there isn’t any learning and without any learning, there is no future for our economy or world.

  3. John Ferry February 12, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    “The current model of education in the United States is stifling the creative soul of our children.” I could not agree with this quote more. Creativity in schools is a subject that I have been thinking about for a long time, and I do agree that kids need to learn to “fail fast, and fail often”. Creativity is an essential skill because it teaches you not only to think outside of the box but to think for yourself. So much of K-12 education is just following directions. “Complete problems one through ten by tomorrow. If they are not exactly as they are in the answer key in my book than they are wrong.” Almost every single assignment is presented to students with some variation of that phrase. To some extent, this is important. Successfully following directions and answering questions shows that a student can listen, have attention to detail, and comprehend information. All of these skills are essential, but as the article stated, we lose a lot when the extent of education ends there. If education ends there, then we are basically encouraging the transformation of students from human to robot. This kind of education is a science; do a, then b, get c. You plug in the code, and you get the result. The ART of education needs to come back, because in life, doing a, then b, doesn’t always give you c. You need to be able to think outside the box because the world is unpredictable.
    Students also need to learn to think outside the box because there is more competition now than there ever has been with the rise of technology and social media. It’s interesting because, in theory, everyone should be able to stand out naturally because every single person is different. There never was, is, or ever will be another you or me. However, when our creativity diminishes, so does our individuality. When we are afraid to be creative, it’s because we are afraid to fail. When we’re afraid to fail, then that means that we end up resenting the thought of being judged by others. When we’re afraid of judgment, then we become afraid to be ourselves. Unfortunately, for many of us, this ends up being the case. Even though every single one of us is still special, we become hesitant to express it out of fear of being rejected. This shows that creativity is imperative not only because it enables us to think critically, but also because it gives us the confidence to be ourselves.
    The only portion of this article that I slightly disagree with is the idea that we need to train students to be entrepreneurs. I agree with the idea that children need to be taught to be individuals, fearless, and creative. However, I don’t think it’s a good idea for every student to go through CEO/founder/leadership training. I think it’s more important to teach students about teamwork, and the different roles people play in a team. Theoretically, if everyone becomes a leader, then there really isn’t a chance of a team functioning well because everyone would be so busy trying to lead. Students need to know themselves, and the type of people they are. They need to learn what role in a team they would best fit, and then have that nourished. Every member of a team is important, and can be benefited tenfold when creativity is added to the equation.
    I was really glad to read that the Miller Center at the University of Virginia in partnership with the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation had proposed a curriculum related to their entrepreneurship competition. I think this is a step in the right direction for a creative-based curriculum nationwide. If I were in charge, I would probably just have the curriculum for K-12 be similar to the way things are done in college. Less guidance, more openness for free thought, more discussion, and more challenge to think differently from the people around you. This is a process that does not need to start as late as it does. If anything, I think elementary school students could handle this type of work better than college students could. I cannot count how many times I’ve been shaken up by the lack of guidance in college when it came to the school work. “Do we need to do chunk paragraphs?” “How many pages?”, “What font should we use?” “How many sources?” I’m still kind of boggled by it. I’m adjusting, but I hope that in the future students are taught to be creative and better prepared for the world.

  4. Gerry Kiruthu February 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

    Kindergarten through eighth grade, freshman through senior year of high school are next, then freshman through senior year of college or university are the next step in the pursuit of knowledge or the journey of education. In the world today, if the patterns keep on trending as they have been for the past couple of years, undergraduate education is just not enough to be hired as an employee of the 21st century workforce. This means that most people will need to end up going to graduate school in order be qualified enough to have a job for today’s economy. As we grow older and technology continues to grow, the more and more technology is making more changes and more of an impact in our society. They will take over jobs in different industries and humans will have very few places where their input or employment in general will be valued over a computer’s, or a robot’s. If we look at the automotive industry for example, the manufacturing is conducted with robots over men and women who did those same jobs fifty or so years ago. The new type of vehicle and the new technology coming out now is not only that of electric or hybrid anymore, but that of an autonomous technology that allows the vehicle to drive itself. The question now is, how much longer until we become obsolete?
    According to this article, the education system in the United States today is making its students less creative. This is a scary thought because of the picture that this reality paints. The students that are learning today are going to end up in a working environment that requires freelance workers more than employed, corporate workers. The skill required to be of a person of a freelance trade requires flexibility and creativity and the ability to think outside the box to create something that will be unique and worthwhile to oneself. If these types of skills are not nurtured when in school, they will be damned when they realize that they need them to survive in harsh, cold world. A study featured in this article is one that was conducted by Kyung Hee Kim, a professor for education at the College William and Mary. In her study, she came across a revelation that children in today’s schools are “less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.” This is a lot to take in due to the fact that these are not only skills that need to be nurtured in order to succeed as entrepreneurs and freelance workers, but skills that are key in maneuvering your way around life’s pressures and immense struggles.
    According to Sir Ken Robinson, the only way to go around this is by remodeling the whole education model and structure in a way that helps children be just as creative as they are literate as he says “creativity now is as important in education as literacy.” He concentrates on the fact that the current education model was framed in the time of industrialization which is a completely different time to the world that we live in today. In that model, mistakes are frowned upon and that teaches the children to stay in one lane, the correct one but in the real world, how will they be able to handle mistakes if they have not learned how to cope with them before? This is the dilemma that Robinson brings up and that is what jeopardizes the potential future that will be filled with today’s learners.
    The only way to move forward is to train the supposed leaders and builders of tomorrow as actual leaders who will, in their lifetime, fail and struggle before attaining their initial goal or goals, depending on their ambitions. According to the author, “entrepreneurs advance society by imagining and creating innovative solutions, products, ventures, services, and technologies that help us all, and that is a truth that I personally believe in. We have only come this far by pushing boundaries, the ones we thought were permanent, but every time someone comes in and rethinks the parameters of the boundary it is pushed a bit further on, or creates a new territory of its own like Mark Zuckerberg did.

  5. Vince DeBartolomeis February 12, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

    The education system in America is undoubtedly flawed but the biggest crime of all is killing creativity. Under the current educational system, kids are expected to fit inside a certain box and if a kid doesn’t fit inside that box, people act like it’s a crime that needs to be resolved. In reality, that kid that’s a little bit outside of the box is just being creative. And in our ever changing, ever shifting world, creativity is just what we need more of. Our world is going to need to come up with solutions to problems that have not even been discovered yet. And the best way to solve these problems is through creativity. Like the article says, nurturing creativity and thinking should be as important as literacy. If a student can read and write but doesn’t have anything creative to write then what’s the point? In today’s education system, like Professor Shannon has said in class, is as simple as this. The teacher opens up your brain, pours in some information for you to memorize, and if you spit it back up the right color and the right texture, you pass. There is no real thinking or learning done in this system. Often times the students will forget the information later on and it will become irrelevant.
    I also really agree with the part about how kids aren’t prepared to fail. In today’s culture, kids are expected to have everything handed to them. In the education system, kids are afraid to be wrong because they will be made fun of by their classmates. In sports, kids receive participation medals and expect for everything to be equal and fair. Then when they finally get a piece of the real world, they can’t handle it. Kids don’t realize that often times you have to fail a few times in order to be successful. I realize it is a cliché example, but Michael Jordan didn’t make the varsity basketball team his freshman year. He was a talented player, but he did not make the varsity team and had to play Junior Varsity that year. In today’s society, parents would go in to the coach’s office and plead for the coach to put their son on Varsity or they would transfer schools where he would play Varsity basketball. I’ve seen it happen numerous times during my high school career where kids would rather escape the system and go play somewhere else rather than work hard. In Michael Jordan’s case he stuck it out and playing Junior Varsity motivated him to play harder and train harder so that he would play varsity the next year. Our society needs to teach kids that it is okay to fail sometimes in order to succeed. Kids today are really scared to take chances because they might fail. This is a problem that needs to be fixed.
    The education system is the basis through which our kids are formed and should be adjusted to set them up for the most success. In the current system, kids are too afraid to fail and be creative and that keeps them from being successful. If the US readjusted their education system so that kids can think freely and really learn information rather than just memorize it they would be set up for a much better future. In the current state, kids are discouraged from creativity which hurts them later on their life.

  6. Moe Jaman February 12, 2016 at 7:22 pm #

    This article really speaks to me personally as it backs up what I have been thinking for years. The current education system is quite mechanical as it is bland, has basic construction, and provides too much “busy work”. The immediate problem I can identify in the current education system is the fact that most of, to almost all of the work students receive from classes are busy work. Not many classes poke at the brain of ask students to think differently. Many classes simply require students to memorize words and names. Often, such topics learned are tested and never used again, therefor our brains have learned to flush the information. We have been indirectly taught to only memorize information for a test. After a test, students can forget the information and move on. This is greatly flawed as from recent discussions and interviews with professionals in the work force, I have been informed that learning and RETAINING information is key to success and advancement.
    Another flaw of the current education system is that it only teaches how to do paperwork. What I mean by this statement is that students are merely taught to only push information from one platform to their own, then cite it properly. Students are so pushed to find and use sources and existing information that it distracts from them creating their own information or analysis. Often, ridiculous amounts of sources are required and in the stress of reading books and articles, students forget to focus on their own ideas.
    I believe that more creative writing should be structured into early education classes as well as high school level courses. I also suggest that it become mandatory and part of a curriculum that student take part in creative writing or are just able to practice their own ideas and develop their own form of independent, creative thinking.
    The modern education is training people to become obedient pencil pushers when what the word needs are some new, fresh minds. Confident and creative.

  7. Sheikh Elahi February 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    In the article “How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship” written by a Forbes writer, the creativity in Americas Education system is questioned. The author states how the American education model “is stifling the creative soul of our children”. I strongly agree with that statement. I believe that our education system in America is very badly flawed. But that is not because of the teachers and advisors in our education system. It all comes back to Technology. Study shows that technology use among young children is rapidly increasing. Today a three year old knows more about how to use an iPhone than an elder person. But while this may be amazing, it is also very bad. Technology has its many pros, but I also has many many cons.
    Technology use restricts movement, which leads the next generation to be severely lazy. Children don’t like to go out and play anymore. The most creative thing growing up was that without smartphones and slow computers we could not sit inside and play video games all day. We would go out and try to find new games. If we couldn’t find any games we would make them up. Creating a game or even new rules involves a lot of creativity and it seems this trait is disappearing among the new generation. That’s why a company created the Techball which involves both technology and creativity by allowing children to create their own rules. Because of this laziness, and less social society, we see a decline in our productivity and creativeness in our future. It’s not like this is the last generation to deal with this lack of creativity, but the next generations will all be victims of the technological boom. Causing them to lose their creative and social skills. As said, “These are some very worrisome trends”.
    Kids also have become less emotionally expressive as said in the article. This seems very worrisome because without being able to express emotions this world will become chaotic. Corporations, sports, medicine, etc. all require emotional expression. The new generations will lack these skills which will make it especially hard for them. I hardly believe that the American Education Model is to blame in this situation. Technological advances are to blame. The new generations are going to have a hard time surviving with their lack of skills, and their need for technology.

  8. Jonathan Barcelos February 12, 2016 at 8:42 pm #

    This article’s topic is something that is very important to me. I have talked about this, not from a business perspective, but as a perspective on the education system we have as a whole. Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”. Since I read this quote years ago, it got me thinking about the flaws in our education systems today. Instead of teaching kids how to be creative, how to solve problems and how to even fail, teachers are forced to teach kids how to pass standardized tests, and if they get a bad grade they are punished by their parents or their peers. The simple fact that at the young ages of even 8-14, kids are not allowed anymore to explore their creativity, or think outside the box, they have to do math problems and nonsense that will not help them in the future. I can rant on and on about how standardized tests will not help anyone on the long run, but that is something people already know. This article brought up another aspect of the way kids are growing up today, and that is about social acceptance. Children today grow on social media and they tend to copy whatever they see, very few are original today, we are breeding a society of followers. Children today are also raised in a bubble. I grew up outside, I loved going outside with my friends, going to the parks, and believe it or not, lemonade stands or other small ways to make money. But I drive by the parks today and they are empty, I work in catering and all I see are kids looking down on a screen. One can argue that this helps their motor skills, but it does not expand their thoughts and creativity because all they do is repeat a motion over and over. I loved playing tycoon games growing up, strategy games and the likes. The outdoors gave me a sense of wonder but I do not see where they get it now. Schools need to let the children fail and learn from their mistakes, not make the kids fear failure, embrace it and learn from it. Without that, entrepreneurs, who face failures multiple times before finding something that works, will never arise from schools today. Another problem other than the school that we face today is the cost of a startup, and the management of one. I left high school without a clue of how to do taxes, how mortgages work, any of that, but I knew Pythagorean Theorem and how cells divide… That is not helping me today, and I still do not understand how that ever helped me, except to pass a test. I had high school teachers express their ideas of the fact that they cannot teach what they believe we need to learn or else they would get fired. They all were against it but what are they going to do? Nothing, because they need a job.

  9. Ashley F March 26, 2016 at 7:44 pm #

    This article really opened up my eyes to a very urgent issue happening in America’s education system. It is important to look at the youth of our country in order to predict the future because they are the future of America. The fact that children are becoming less creative, less imaginative and declining in many other areas is extremely scary not only for the business world as focused on in this article, but for the country as a whole. The article states that based on a study it was found that “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.” This is extremely scary, and changes need to be made to the education system. As a college student, I can see where problems lie in the system, many courses in college as well as high school are very structured, and factual, requiring a lot of memorization and not forcing students to think outside of the box or see things from a different angle. We essentially have become lazy, relying on the internet and other sources to spit out this information to us that we have to memorize. Therefore, I think technology can be the blame of this decline among younger generations. Children are now provided with tablets and other forms of technology for school that distract them and do not leave their minds open to thinking, they rely on the device to do it for them which Sheikh Elahi mentions in her response above which I strongly agree with.

    Another important issue the article touched upon was not only the loss of creativity but the loss of willingness to take chances and risks. Children are now so afraid of failing and being wrong that they do not want to risk thinking for themselves. I think that outside of the education system, parents and society is to blame as a whole. Children are scared to fail. For example, in many lower level sports children are all given medals and trophies just for participating, and often even fifth place and lower are recognized. Children expect to be rewarded for everything because they are so used to having the mindset that everyone should be on equal levels. Although equality is a great mindset, it is not a realistic one. There is always going to be someone who is better than you, in competition there is always going to be a winner or a loser, etc. When these children grow up, they will not know how to handle rejection in the real world and not understand the concept of fighting for and working for something that you really want such as a certain job position, they may just expect it to be handed to them.

    All of the issues mentioned in the article are ones that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Along with the education system, society as a whole needs to work to make changes that will benefit the youth in their future. We need to help these kids not only for the benefit of themselves, but for the benefit of our country in the future. How will America be if every person thinks the same? If everyone is afraid to take a risk with an idea? The future of our country is in these children’s hands and minds, and we need to help them.

  10. MP April 3, 2016 at 3:46 am #

    Being an Entrepreneurial Studies major, I’ve been forced in my classes to be creative. In almost every class for this major, a student needs to come up with a new business idea that has not been thought of before. This can be very difficult to do for a homework assignment in just the time between two classes. I’ve always loved the idea of running a business, but after majoring in Entrepreneurial Studies, I feel like I could never think of my own idea for one. I never had to think like that when I was younger and create idea. Even coming up with project topics, I wasn’t very creative. I related to this article when Chao and Lopez-Gottardi mentioned that students are so pressured to not fail that they stop being creative. I feel as if I learn best from my mistakes. When I retry something after I fail, I always feel much better about it the second time around.

    Failure can be a great way to learn. Once a person fails some sort of task, they find a new, different way to do it in the future. I think that if children were allowed to make more mistakes, they’d be more willing to be creative in the first place. But then they would find a newer way to do the task again. Either way the student is using more creativity, which could help them in the future. There is always a learning experience of how not to do something when someone fails. Also, students need more creativity in what they do in their younger years. When teacher give assignments in school, they could give students more of a chance to step outside of the box and reward them for being creative. Even if this student failed; if they did it creatively, they could at least try again in the same creative way. Then they could learn from the whole experience.

  11. Joseph Padula September 23, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    Raul O. Chao, the author of this article, proposes a very interesting concept about the need for an educational reform because of a constant decline in creativity in school districts. One of Chao’s main improvements that he suggested schools should focus on was failing. The focus was not on handing out actual F’s to the students, but to instill an understanding the importance of failure. The mantra “fail quick, and fail often” was mentioned in this article and I truly believe this is a very significant lesson to learn, especially as a young student. This mantra teaches perseverance and diligence, the two key attributes to have to be successful not only in school but in life. Providing these young scholars with the resources to resolve a problem will make them more independent and learn which style of reading, writing, or whatever it may be that fits them best. Besides simply lecturing students about the core curriculum assigned for that specific subject, this way of learning will force these students to establish an efficient work ethic to find their own solution to a problem or concept.

    Additionally, this type of learning requires critical thinking, which in has been emphasized in almost every one of my courses since grade school. Critical thinking pushes an individual from bland linear thinking to a more complex deeper meaning of an object or problem. Once these students finish their respective academic careers linear thinking will just not be enough to separate themselves from the millions of other graduates competing for the same jobs. This is why critical thinking is essential due to the fact that without it society would never be able to progress as a civilization. Everyone thinking the same way and doing the same processes to complete a task will never improve the world we live in. Inventions such as 3D-printing, self-automated vehicles, smartphones, or the internet of things could have never been created without someone pushing the boundaries of what was thought to be impossible. Teachers urging their students to think outside the box and take different perspectives toward a problem is a great way to promote creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset needed to make difference in this world.

    Furthermore, another way in which to promote creativity in the classroom would be Harkness table style classrooms. The Harkness method is “teaching and learning method involving students seated in a large, oval shape to discuss ideas in an encouraging, open-minded environment with only occasional or minimal teacher intervention.” At my high school, The Pingry School, which is based out of Basking Ridge New Jersey was ranked third best Private School in the State for its innovational learning methods and extreme focus on their students’ individual growth as a scholar. Pingry teachers used the Harkness style discussions to allow the students to take control of the class. By the students dedicating which points to bring up during class from an assigned reading or assignment allowed them to take a stance. The individual would state their opinion and use contextual evidence to support their claim. Everyone having a different opinion, pushed that individual to defend their idea and try to convince the class of the reasoning behind their thought process. Classes like these are the ones that have helped me the most become the student I am today due to the fact that it gave me the freedom to form an opinion and listen to the insight you may not have thought of from the other students in the class. I do believe that by school districts implementing more critical thinking atmospheres and learning styles like the Harkness method will help improve the creativity of our world’s young scholars and provide them with the necessary tools to make a real difference in society.

  12. Robby Hazel September 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

    The entrepreneurial courage that once defined American spirit has seemingly been slipping away in recent years. The article blames this down trend on America’s school system, but I feel as though the blame should be spread across a variety of sources. While it may be true that our school systems typically instruct our students to mitigate risks by simply avoiding them altogether, we should not leave the teaching of such a valuable trait up to instructors in the classroom. Parents and organizations should feel an equal responsibility to push America’s youth to not fear failure, but to take risks and learn from mistakes. Going through life avoiding failure will only serve to limit one’s successes on a personal level, as well as impeding entrepreneurial growth on a national scale.

    According to the article, America’s school system has recently been putting more emphasis on ensuring that our students do well on standardized tests and receive a grade point average adequate enough to land them a spot in a university. On its own, this is not necessarily a negative thing. The problem lies within the systems failure to properly instill a spirit of entrepreneurship in each and every one of our nation’s students. Throughout my high school career, I was never offered the opportunity to take classes that encouraged the courageous, creative, and thick skinned spirit that is advantageous for an innovator’s success. If I wanted to hone these skills I had to seek out extra-curricular organizations, such as Business Professionals of America, in order to gain what was lacking inside the class room. The only problem with that is, many students typically do not take the initiative to pursue extra-curricular activities that allow them to grow more than their basic studies will allow them to. That is where family members must come in. I feel that it is the responsibility of parents to encourage young and impressionable students to reach their full learning and growing capacity, by taking advantage of opportunities that might not always be in the forefront of their minds.

    The over-arching stigma that failure is a terrible and life-shattering occurrence will also have to vanish if America is to correct this current downtrend. As most successful entrepreneurs can attest, achieving success in riskier career paths, such as starting your own business or developing new and innovative technology, will never come along without realizing some degree of failure. As evidenced by America’s past prosperity which was brought upon by our fiery entrepreneurial spirit, failing once does not necessarily equate to ultimate failure. Kids these days are beginning to assume the complete opposite, causing this attitude and our recent slide in innovation to be too coincidental to ignore. I fear that if this school of thought is not corrected soon, our country will continue to produce adults that do not contain the same gumption as our most famous innovators, simply because they are too scared to fail, too small-minded to be creative and think outside the box, and too hung up on seeking out ordinary accomplishments to realize their extraordinary talents.

  13. Samantha Frank October 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm #

    The American education system is in desperate need for a reform and this just might be it. In some ways creativity is a part of a person’s personality but to certain extent creativity can be brought out of a person. A young student can learn to look at a problem from a different way than they originally thought possible. People need to learn that there is not just one right answer to everything; there are many possible answers. Teachers play a big role in this reform because they need to also be taught that there is more than one answer and one way to look at things. They can ask questions and better understand the way that their students are thinking. I think a big part of this is standardized testing and how teachers are teaching for the test. If these tests are taken away or there is time set for a part of the curriculum that is not on the test where the students can learn to be creative, there would be great success.

    When students are not allowed to think for themselves at a young age, that follows them into adulthood. These affects are being seen in society now, with not a lot of startup businesses. I would like to start my own business one day but I do not have a clue about how to go about doing that. There should be a class, somewhere in the twelve-plus years that people are in school about how to follow your dreams, like owning your own business. Too often are people’s dreams not followed or forgotten because they feel like they cannot take risks or they do not know how to take risks. This is because they were taught at an early age to “color inside the lines”. Children need to be told that it is okay to be who they want to be, even if that is different from other people. I agree with this article that the education system we have now is suppressing the creativity of people and that needs to stop.

  14. John Phillips February 10, 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    The current state of American education is one that is quite depressing. We have become so focused on test scores and grades, that it makes education into more of something that just is the way it is. This philosophy is way off base of how a true education system should be. Proper education, should integrate real world skills, with reading, writing, and most importantly creativity. That is the major problem with the education system in America. It has become something that kids just conform to; they don’t understand what it is they are truly learning. They read things, memorize them, get a good grade, and forget the rest of the information in a week. It is counterproductive, as it doesn’t truly help them reach potential, but most importantly it doesn’t foster creativity. This atrocity is beginning to have economic effects, as well as overall societal effects. Businesses aren’t being created like they once were, and most importantly our people are becoming components of a machine.
    This problem with the education starts with the way society views it as a whole. Education has become something that children should just conform to, and go through daily, without truly understanding why. Kids are told by their parents to go to school and earn good grades, but they aren’t told the true purpose. While I believe this is absolutely necessary, the grades they earn in classes we have in American, don’t really reflect true intelligence and creativity. Sure, if you get a 4.0, you’re viewed as someone very bright, which may be true. But, I don’t believe that these classes and grades mean that you’re learning skills that will help you have future success. The skills that I believe are missing, based off of my experience are the following: communication, creativity, entrepreneurial, and independent work.
    As far as communication is concerned, skills such as digitally communicating over email, writing letters, and most importantly conversational and public speaking skills are all lacking in the current generation. The education system doesn’t particularly put strong emphasis on such skills, and when college graduates enter the work force, it is apparent. Digital communication is a crucial skill that every person must know how to do; it shows respect, intelligence, and it makes functions run much smoother. As far as conversational skills, people don’t know how to hold conversations, and most importantly have respectful ones. This means properly addressing superiors, or fellow co workers. Public speaking is, in my opinion, the most difficult skill to develop. This is why from a young age, kids should be exposed to such situations more frequently. This means from a young age, make children speak in front of the class and present something. This will teach them how to inform, persuade, and argue.
    The next two skills that are missing are creativity and entrepreneurship. These two things aren’t emphasized in education. Kids are taught not to be wrong. This means they don’t want to take risks, and use their creativity to have success. We need to get rid of this notion that its bad to take risks and be wrong. This trend is apparent because of the rapid decrease in startups in the United States.
    The final skill is independence; this means people do not have the skills to do research, solve problems, and analyze. They always look to someone to do it for them. We need to have more classes and programs geared toward problem solving and research. Without these skills, kids will not succeed. Education reform is one of the more difficult tasks we face, but getting rid of certain trains of thought, and improving teaching styles, a difference can be made.

  15. Frankie Lisa March 24, 2017 at 8:18 pm #

    How we should educate our nation’s children is a very challenging question to answer. It is debated by adults in congress and at the dinner table. Many people believe that the United States is lacking in education. Many people who make this claim think so because of how poorly the United States performs on standardized exams compared to the children of other countries. The United States is ranked outside of the top twenty in both math and science. However, the United States has a bigger flaw in its education system than the children’s lackluster standardized test scores. The education system of the United States is stunting the growth of student’s creativity. There is a growing number of studies that indicate the decline of students’ creativity. The author of the article writes, “America has long been unique because of its remarkable ingenuity, innovative capacity and entrepreneurial spirit.” However, over the past few years, we have seen a noticeable difference in the creativity of different generations. I think this problem is more significant and more difficult to fix than our students’ standardized test scores.
    According to Kyung Hee Kim, who is a professor of education and William and Mary University, “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle” I think the blame for this goes to the education system. I know from personal experience that school does very little to promote creativity. My schooling experience was very academically concentrated; there was little room for students to express their thoughts and feelings. For example, in almost every English class I have ever taken, most of the course is reading and analyzing literature. However, many teachers feed the students his or her own analysis rather than allowing the students to create their own opinions on the work. In my English classes we were also assigned papers and essays. However, the guidelines of these essays were very narrow and specific, so there was very little room for students like myself to write about my opinions. I think it would benefit the students if they were assigned more open ended essays in which they express their own opinions, for example, students could write about their thoughts on a particular issue or they should have the option to research a subject of their choice. Even the art courses I took stripped out much of the creativity involved. Similarly to my English classes, we were given specific guidelines, and going outside of those guidelines resulted in a poor grade. For example, some assignments the entire class is told to draw or paint the same object.
    In my opinion, the purpose of education should not be to prepare students for exams, but rather to prepare them to become better thinkers and problem solvers. The way we should fix this problem is by rewarding students for their creativity rather than punishing them.

  16. Elliott Otmani September 13, 2017 at 9:46 am #

    This article from 2015 looks interesting and debatable to me because we can still apply the content of the article as the current year, 2017. I would like to base my reply on two perspectives, one local perspective (inside the US), and one global perspective (in the world).
    In a local perspective, the Kauffman Activity index shows (as the article states), that the number of creation of startups is declining comparing 1997 and 2015. Forbes’ article tends to explain it by the lack of creativity and imagination of the new generation. To me, that is correct. In 1997, around 60% of startups creator were aged less than 44 years old. In 2015, around 45% of startups creator were aged less than 44 years old. How can we explain it? I think the huge increase in the “connected life” (children start being on screens at a very young age) plays a big role in the decrease of imagination and creativity of the new generation. Children do not go outside to play and discover the world, they are used to look at a screen or play on a screen showing them the world. They are passive to the world, not active. It brings up to my second point which is a more global perspective.
    I do not think that, as the article says, america’s education system has an impact on the decrease of creation of startups. As a French citizen, comparing the two systems makes me think the contrary. American education’s system enhances the team work, taking initiatives (doing presentations, researches by its own), read books and study researches which are part of an entrepreneur’s mind in my sense. The programs are always adjusted and made to see how the current situation in the world is. These facts, that are not necessarily found in the French system, makes a difference in the mentality of a youngster when looking for his future in terms of work career. Also, the government facilitates the risk-taking because it is quite easy to create a startup and develop it (especially with tax reports).
    It is why, I would conclude that the decrease on startup creations are mainly due to me of the mentality of the new generation, and the new habits rather than the America education’s system

  17. Daria Di Paolo September 23, 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    I could not agree anymore with this article. As someone who was once a student, it is obvious with how little they fund the idea of being creative. The idea of “fail fast and fail often”, seems impossible if that was implemented in a school. I remember as a high school student, our principal would encourage us to take AP classes, even if we weren’t good at them since it would give us the “experience”, yet in the same breath, tell us to make sure we keep our grades up so colleges would accept us. With all the standardized testing, that is another added pressure for kids to stay in line. We are being educated not by what should be covered, or that would give us the most important information in our lives, but, we are educated around these tests. Tests that every teacher must worry about and make sure that certain percentage passes, or else, they could lose funding. This pressure isn’t just trickling down to students, it’s also killing our creativity as well.

    Even without the testing, this stigmatism of being wrong is still there. Children are told to stop asking silly questions or are told to pay attention better if they ask something that might seem obvious to their teacher or peers. Kids are told to write or interpret something, and when they give this creative way of describing it, they are given points off, because to the teacher, it isn’t something that was “right” to them. Schools are cutting programs that would be used as creative outlets for them, instead, just keeping them in a classroom for hours on end, sitting there and just in this constant “go” mode of just trying to retain or memorize information instead of being able to express themselves creatively. A classroom shouldn’t be a teacher just talking about the latest subject, it should be a discussion of what is being taught. Students should be able to talk about their ideas, whether they are “wrong” or “outlandish”.

    A great way to stop this would be to get children to learn how being wrong, is okay. Yet, the environment would have to be something that does not give so much pressure as a school does. Perhaps a class where grades don’t really matter, expect, perhaps attendance and doing the work. Or some sort of environment that is there to grow ideas, instead of stepping on them the moment they come to fruition. Students and children need to know, that, while there might be a correct answer to a problem, there is not just one way to solve it. There are so many ways to solve a problem, and I think adults and teachers should learn that, while one type of way to solve the problem is the most common way, to let others and to celebrate whenever someone finds a different way to solve it. Sure, you could teach them the more common way to do it, whether it is easier or not, but, to tell someone, that they are wrong for solving a problem a different way, robs that person of their creativity.

  18. Devin Gribbon September 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    This article relates to me because I am currently going through the education system in America. I have been to preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, community college, and now a private university. Even though this article was written in 2015, it is still very much relevant. Small businesses and entrepreneurship are suffering, it’s getting harder and harder to even make creative dreams come true. With a dwindling creative future it can almost erase chances of new business ventures, inventions, and advances.

    When it comes to school, formality is often prioritized over actual work. In the beginning years, there’s creativity hidden under formality. You’re told when to draw, what to draw, and assigned a schedule. During formative years this helps to prepare people for adulthood, but also, where is the creativity supposed to thrive? When reaching elementary school, you’re led into a more serious schedule, more serious classes, and given more responsibility. Teachers are put through the same process as students, given a schedule, given a curriculum, and then get penalized for not following it precisely.

    As an example, we can review the movie “Freedom Writers”. Based on a true story, “Freedom Writers” takes us on a journey through an underprivileged high school. The new, bright-eyed teacher is frowned upon for going above and beyond for her students, even when her practices show exceptional results within the students. She has alternative methods that stray away from traditional teaching and although they reap amazing results, the school board still fights back. She eventually is allowed to continue her teaching methods, but not without a substantial amount of push back. This is a great example of how most school districts treat teaching curriculum.

    When these restrictions are set on teachers, it greatly impacts the students. Each student is taught and tested the same as their peers, without taking into consideration that not everyone learns the same. It’s hard to break free from the mold, but it’s important that my generations keeps our creativity and helps our country and planet thrive.

  19. Vincent Anzevino September 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    This article spoke to me because it provides a perspective about the American education system that I’ve never thought of before. I think it’s an interesting look at how the education system should tackle creativity. For years, creativity in the education system always meant through the arts. There have been pushes for more funding in art and musical theatre programs to let children explore. But I think this way of thinking is dated and many modern artists never even received a formal education. The article talks about how we need creative minds to be entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors. This approach to reforming the education system would be more effective, in my opinion. But, what needs to be implemented in our education systems? Innovators think outside of the box, but schools need structure for disciplinary reasons. How can we enforce rules to be creative, when creativity is all about breaking the rules? The conclusion I come to is that more children need to be active learners instead of passive learners. Whether it’s through hands-on interaction or limiting modern computing, we need to change the way children are receiving and processing information.
    My favorite part of the article is when they emphasized the importance of failure. Society talks about success so much, but there is barely a dialogue about how failure makes us grow. Many successful entrepreneurs and innovators have failed many times to get to where they are. Children get discouraged easily and perhaps there needs to be a stronger message in accepting their failures.
    A main critique of schools nowadays is how students aren’t learning the material, they’re just memorizing information in order to pass. Kids aren’t conceptualizing the material as they should be, but instead just strictly remembering information for tests. This may affect their ability to use critical thinking since this style of learning isn’t attempting to understand core concepts. If children can’t link ideas together to form new ones, that completely goes against what innovation is about.
    Entrepreneurs succeed by fully executing their ideas and taking risks. We’re seeing how the decline in entrepreneurship is affecting the economy. As presented in the article, there is a steady decrease in the number of startups. The greatness of truly innovative goods and services is that it may open up a new industry. If the education system cannot reform to meet today’s standards, it’s going to be the same companies dominating their respected industry.

  20. VM November 9, 2017 at 9:43 am #

    I found much of this post very relatable. First I will start with my thoughts. I believe this post hits the nail on the head. The education system is becoming more and more robotic and the outcomes are very obvious and relevant, apart from the facts. In High School many of my teachers went “by the books” and did not stray nor let us stray from the curriculum. I found myself very bored in those classes and consequently doing poor bc my attention was lost and my freedom to problem solve the way I wanted to and the way my mind worked was incorrect. I had one teacher though, for Spanish class, who taught us the exact opposite way. He barely followed the curriculum and he didn’t care at all because the way he got us to learn the material and express ourselves in that class had our grades up as well as had us looking forward to going to class each day. My point is, in conjunction with the article, the elimination of creativity in the classroom especially at a young age is developing students into robots in a sense. It’s teaching them to conform and to be fearful of self expression. They’re fearing judgement as well as being incorrect.

    As for another way I can relate to this article right now is on the end of knowing someone who went through the typical system of education, through college but always kept his creative mind open. Currently a friend of mine is working on the development of an app with some of his friends. The concept of the app is great as well as the ease and features it will provide its users. To backtrack a bit, my friend graduated in May and went through the stereotypical job search in order to put his years of education and degree to work. After a few months of being unhappy through this process and not finding a good, happy fit, he decided to go a different route. His friend brought the idea of the app to him and he jumped on board. His ability to create and research are the main skills he’s putting to work day in and developing this app. Not so much the things he learned in AP Bio or AP American Lit. These skills luckily were not lost in the shuffle of the standard American education system. Here my point is, when speaking to him he genuinely enjoys this “start up” he’s involved in and I can see his creativity flourishing. This in my opinion should be the future for us, rather than everyone sticking to the cookie-cutter ideas society has created for us.

  21. Meghan Healy November 29, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    Over the years, there has been a steady decline in the promotion of creativity in the education system. As Kyung Hee Kim, a professor of education from the College of William and Mary, stated, “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.” This is a sad reality in the American education system: schools tend to drain kids of the excitement they have when they first enter school. I used to think that the idea of schools turning kids into unexpressive robots was just a joke that students laugh at when they reach the level of being completely tired of the nonsense we are forced to endure each year. After seeing the results of Kim’s study, it would seem that this belief is in fact true. Schools are inducing students to become less imaginative, in addition to draining kids of their want to express themselves, even in the simplest way. These children have become less talkative and humorous. As we advance a grade level each year, we become less energetic. By the time students enter high school, they are completely over it.
    Education has morphed into memorization and regurgitation. The American education system seems to aim at transforming each child to fit the system’s desired mold. Almost everyone is aware of the fact that every kid learns effectively in a different way. Multiple research has shown that having about 20 students in one class taught by one teacher is not the most effective way. No kid is going to learn in the exact same way as the person sitting next to him or her. Some are visual learners, while others are verbal learners; some learn best by viewing charts or graphs, some have to read or write the information, and some prefer to hear the information as opposed to reading it or seeing it. Each type of learner responds best to a different method of teaching. When a teacher teaches a subject, they fit the lesson to address the class as a whole. This is not entirely beneficial to every student, since they might not be taught in the best way that suits them. While it is not entirely possible for every single child to be taught in the exact way that works for them, it is certainly another flaw in the education system. One child might be labeled dumb for not understanding a subject as well as their peers, when in fact it is simply because the way they are being taught does not work for them. The system has stopped caring about the knowledge we absorb in the 13 years before we go off to college. As I said earlier, the education system wants their students to fit a specific mold. They shove information down our throats in hopes that we can regurgitate the information in the form of a standardized test. As a result, children have lost important attributes such as creativity, humor, and passion.
    As the article mentions, Ken Robinson advises reshaping our education system in order to repair and increase human capacity. He believes that creativity should be treated the same as literacy. He also suggests that kids need to be prepared to be wrong in order to continue expressing themselves. Fear of being wrong is another reason as to why students are becoming less expressive. If a student gives a wrong answer, they are often ridiculed for it. As Robinson states, “we’re educating people out of their creative capacities” and discouraging them to communicate their ideas. In order to refrain from killing creativity, we need to fix the system.

  22. Kunj Darji March 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    The stream indication of preparation in a United States is gloomy a artistic essence of a children. While this is discouraging for an accumulation of reasons, it also has poignant mercantile consequences for a destiny of a country. America has prolonged been singular since of a conspicuous ingenuity, innovative ability and entrepreneurial spirit. Yet over a final few decades, we have witnessed both a solid decline in a series of startups, as good as an augmenting series of studies that advise America’s preparation indication fails to foster a kind of creativity, risk-taking, and problem elucidate skills required for entrepreneurship, and for a universe and labor marketplace that is in a midst of surpassing transformation. These are really worrisome trends.
    According to investigate conducted by Kyung Hee Kim, Professor of Education during a College of William and Mary, all aspects of tyro creativity during a K-12 turn have been in poignant decrease for a final few decades. Based on scores from a Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, her study reveals “that children have turn reduction emotionally expressive, reduction energetic, reduction garrulous and verbally expressive, reduction humorous, reduction imaginative, reduction unconventional, reduction sharp-witted and passionate, reduction perceptive, reduction good to bond clearly irrelevant things, reduction synthesizing, and reduction expected to see things from a opposite angle.” That is depressing.
    So since is this happening? The answer is complicated. It partly relates to a psychology of amicable consent that generally increases with age and extended amicable awareness. But it seems that something some-more is during play. Sir Ken Robinson in his now famous Ted Talk, “How Schools Kill Creativity,” argues for a need to remodel existent preparation models (that were creatively designed to support industrialization), pursuit on us to essentially “reconstitute a source of a brilliance of tellurian capacity” and adjust a preparation systems accordingly. Robinson argues that since a universe is changing in transformational ways, “creativity now is as critical in preparation as literacy,” and should therefore be treated with a same status. And if a children are “not prepared to be wrong, [they] will never come adult with anything original…” He serve contends that as a society, “we disgrace mistakes,” and a outcome “is that we’re educating people out of their artistic capacities” and destroying children’s healthy eagerness to take chances.
    Perhaps it’s no consternation a republic is confronting a decrease in new try arrangement given that these are accurately a skills and traits indispensable to be innovative and entrepreneurial. A 1995 interview with Steve Job stresses a significance of toleration for disaster and a certainty to take risks. When asked about his prophesy of a world, Jobs replied:
    “When we grow adult we tend to get told a universe is a approach it is and your pursuit is only to live your life inside a world. Try not to whack into a walls too much. Try to have fun, save a small money.
    That’s a really singular life.
    Life can be most broader once we learn one elementary fact: Everything around we that we call life was done adult by people that were no smarter than we and we can change it, we can change it, we can build your possess things that other people can use.
    Once we learn that, you’ll never be a same again.”

  23. Damian Mioduszewski March 23, 2018 at 5:35 pm #

    The American education system once used to be the pride and joy of this country by incorporating many different cultures and promoting free spirit. Now the education system is actively trying to squash risk-taking, free thinking, and innovation. The term of “don’t fix it if it aint broke” has honestly taken the American education system by force and instilled that thinking into its students. The inability of the education system to adapt to the changing around them has caused students to also stop adapting to the situation around them. In a previous article it stated that the main factor in changing the education system are businesses stating these graduates aren’t actually ready for the work force. The American education system in my opinion need a massive overhaul in order to focus on the new era of technology and begin to incorporate technology in classrooms today. Also instead of focusing on standardization across the board trying to make students interchangeable they should instead be focusing on how to motivate their strengths such as risk-taking instead of trying to suppress it. Without risk taking in the education system it would have dire long term consequences on the American economy by having less startups that are trying to innovate the industry. Instead the education system is actively trying to teach people to stay within the walls and try to work your way up the ladder trying to get out of the lower or middle class. Instead people should be focusing on running into the walls trying to smash the norms so they can innovate a whole industry which would promote healthy competition in the economy and also help advance society with its innovations. I personally believe that this is a very large problem now as it threatens our status as the global leader and we are beginning to fall behind countries such as China which is now endorsing technology as the future of their country. This issue should be the number one priority of this country as we should focus on our future so we are capable of remaining the world’s super power.

  24. E Fuller March 23, 2018 at 7:45 pm #

    With the way the things are now it’s not surprising that we as a society have gotten confused with how to express our creativity and uniqueness. With the addition of social media people have become more depressed with higher social anxiety looking at how we compare to our peers in life and by constantly comparing ourselves we get so caught up in fitting in that we forget to look at the strengths we have0 (Zagorski). This combined with how schools are the same as they were all the way back to the industrialization of our country we haven’t updated our ways of education people to better handle the changing world around us. That means in 150 years the model hasn’t changed (Rose). That means no change for any of the massive changes that have occurred in the workforce for computers, the internet, or even the development of AI. We still learn in the same function as a factory worker going through the motions going from one station to another performing a particular function or class and then moving on to the next, with intermittent tests to see what knowledge has been retained. In my years of work and school there has been a disconnect between what lessons I took away from each. In school we are taught that there is a “proper way” to approach and to solve problems this throttles creativity by making those that may think differently become uniform and stressing them into uniform problem solvers. This article does a good job of insisting that teaching students to be afraid of failing that we should focus on instead teaching those students that have failed to learn from these mistakes and move forward. I hope to see a change in the future that fosters the creativity that we all have and use it to change the world.

    Rose, Joel. “How to Break Free of Our 19th-Century Factory-Model Education System.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 9 May 2012,

    Zagorski, Nick. “Using Many Social Media Platforms Linked With Depression, Anxiety Risk.” Psychiatrics News, 17 Jan. 2017,

  25. Senada Ramic March 30, 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    This article stood out to me because it is interesting to see how once our education was unique, but now it is seen that America’s education is declining in creativity and entrepreneurship. The decline in this can directly be related to the way our education system works. Students are not taking classes that are risky or promote problem solving skills, but rather the easiest classes that will get them a good grade.

    This article talks about how our education system is not creating students who are energetic and passionate. It states that we are becoming “less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle”. When I read this I agreed with the statement. Nowadays it is all about passing the class and not about learning new information. Before we were taught to express our minds and show our creativity with less guidance. Now we are stressing about whether or not we met certain requirements for paper or projects.

    There was an early article that I read on here that said that our education in preschool and elementary school was very important and that it is crucial in the way the business world works. The article talked about how elementary school teaching is different from college. That we were always interacting with others and creating projects, but in college the classroom setting is mainly lectures. We are being taught what is right and wrong and there is no in between. In school, I have personally noticed that students are afraid to talk in class and answers questions because we are afraid to get it wrong. Students are not open to creativity or a new mindset in America’s educations system now. That is why we are having less entrepreneurial students. I do believe that there are times when there is only a right answer. But students should be in an environment where they can express their thoughts.

  26. Justin Heath September 28, 2018 at 1:20 pm #

    As someone who has spent just about their whole life in a classroom, I am always interested to see arguments on how our education system may have failed us. This article really peaked my interest because now that I’m focusing my studies toward business and marketing, I’m beginning to struggle to be creative. What’s even more concerning is the statistic in the article, “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.” We live in a technological world driven by advancement and innovation yet the next generation is becoming increasingly less innovative. I had always thought that this sort of an issue would be a result of technology and the great deal of automation we now have, but the points risen in this article helped me form a new perspective.
    I strongly agree with the article when it discusses how school is too results oriented and how we as a society have come to stigmatize failure. I feel this pressure regularly and find myself to be terrified of failure. I’ve never been inclined to take risks in my school work, if anything I had been deterred from risks. I can recall times in class where I have been told not to take risks on writing assignments for standardized tests because it could hurt my scores. Consistent with this article, I have felt as though school has conditioned us to “color inside the lines” because the map our education system has laid out will lead us to higher education and ultimately a job. This may work, but the real issue is that it’s killing the innovation and creativity that has been progressing our society. Creativity and failure has been the foundation for just about every major company out there. Our school systems should be teaching us how to learn from our mistakes and think critically rather than regurgitate information for a test.

  27. Kent Flores November 30, 2018 at 8:06 am #

    In the article “How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship” by The University of Virginia, the report goes on to explain how the United States education system has been found to reduce creativity and problem solving skills in children. Groups from kindergarten all the way through high school have all shown declining test results in the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking in the recent years as opposed to a few decades ago. The decreasing test scores are important to consider, because creative thinking is one of the most influential factors when it come to entrepreneurship. The United States of America was built up mostly through the entrepreneurial expression given to us by those who took risks decided to come to a faraway country with no guarantees on anything. No normal person would risk everything they had to come to a country and start from scratch, only entrepreneurs did, and because the United States of America had so many of them, we were able to build the strongest and most prosperous nation on Earth. Even though our founding fathers had this ability to them, it seems that failed to pass it onto the generations that followed. Education systems that were put in place, could not engage students in ways that challenged them and took them out of their comfort zone. To this day, the education system has not changed, and I am an example of someone who went through this creative killing system, that we call education. I can recall that teachers would frighten their students by telling them that entrepreneurship was the equivalent of playing the lottery. They would warn students about the dangers and risks that followed entrepreneurship, and that they should do whatever they could to stay on the safe side. The safe side meant that you had to go to college, get a degree, find a 9-5 job, and work until your able to retire. Teachers are not at fault, because they too were brought up by the same educational system as I was. The system has to change now, if not we will fall behind as a country and let others be the leaders of the new technological world.

  28. Laurie Gallic November 30, 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    At the end of the article the author begins talking about the hope that things are changing, in particular with a K-12 entrepreneurship competition. Although this is great because it is focusing on the youth, which is where the problem is, there will still be so many kids who don’t take part in this competition or even have the means to do so. We need to turn our attention to where this creativity dies and start to prevent it from happening. Our school system needs reform before creativity and risk taking becomes non-existent. Humans are very creative and innovative thinkers naturally, so what is causing this stunt in creative in schooling? I personally believe it is the basic idea and pressure of how thing “should be”. What I mean by this is that kids are always told work hard in school and then once they get to high school they are told to work even harder because, “now it matters.” And now they get to college and they have a few ideas of what they could do with their career but then everyone tells them to be safe and pick a career that pays well. Then they secure that career, potentially unhappy, and have just followed the basic pattern of millions of people in America. I’m not saying that it’s an entirely bad life, I mean it is basically what I’m doing, but I think there’s this social norm that, “this is what you should be doing and if you’re not doing that, then what are you doing?” This basic mindset is a mindset that lacks creativity, risk taking, luster, etc. and is what the mindset looks like for most American teens. In order to bring back this creativity and spark into the next generation we need to look at how we are educating children, are we allowing them to be creative in the classroom with experiments and different activities that stretch their brains or are we reading from a book and writing notes on the board. If we do not change the way we teach and the way we talk to younger students we will continue to see this lack of imagination, innovation and risk taking. It will only continue to be part of their nature.

  29. Jaden Tate November 30, 2018 at 3:04 pm #

    Last year I had done a presentation on how the world has conformed children to a little box. Specifically, I spoke about the education system and how the teaching styles for one student may not work for the other as well as all high schoolers are supposed to take the same entry test (SAT and ACT). The article speaks about how they have become less expressive and talkative and less everything, and it is very accurate. Children have lost their touch and their creativity which like they said is going to hurt the world in the end. The education system is a box, and they are trying to conform too many students into it. Everyone is different, no two people are the same. Children nowadays are not as strong as those before them. Society is afraid to let these younger kids fail, and I want to know why. In sports, they do not only give out the champion trophy, but they also give out participation trophies as well as other meaningless ones. Why? Why not allow them to sulk while looking at the other team is happy about their prize. Show them that what they did was not good enough and they need to work harder to get that trophy. By giving them a participation trophy, it is basically saying that what they did was good enough and it was not their fault that they lost when it is. They were not good enough, and that trophy makes them think that the effort that they are putting forth is good enough. By the education system and society allowing these kids to not understand failure, it is making them soft. Robinson in “How Schools Kill Creativity” stated that “not prepared to be [they] will never come up with anything original” which is entirely right. Why not prepare them to think on their own and teach them that if they believe whatever they want to be true and if they work for what they wish to the will eventually get it. By not allowing them to fail it makes them weaker and if you have noticed nowadays this most recent generation of children cry all the time.

  30. Michael Zera November 30, 2018 at 3:51 pm #

    The entrepreneurial spirit that America once had today seems nearly nonexistent today. The author decides that this country is on a downswing by explaining student “creativity” has been on a decline from grades K-12. To add on to the statement, I feel that creativity should be at an all time high with all the resources American students have in the education world today. However, I understand why creativity at the education level is taking a toll. Students today are beginning to focus on solely grades and begin to ignore what is being taught to them. For example, I had a couple classes last year that were not attendance based, and if you wanted to show up that was the student’s decision. For the most part, half the students in the class do not show up, show up to the mid term and final, and either barely pass or get by a classmate. This is true in most cases today at big universities, as the university could care less what grade the student gets because they are the ones paying the college. Many students are scared to fail and instead of learning from their mistakes, many take the easy route and ignore their success in the course. Students will either finesse a good grade or just not care at all about their grade. However, I would not blame the generation of students, and personally, I would blame the schools and their involvement with the students’ academics. Schools, not only colleges but high school are pressuring their students. Students at a young age are being told a young age that learning is not the most important thing; getting good grades is the most important. Growing up, parents and teachers stress a lot of having your academics intact, so you can go to a good college and eventually have a stable future job. In this generation, with technology becoming critical in many students’ performance, websites that have answers are becoming vital for one’s “grade.” Instead of studying and doing the homework, looking up answers has made it easier for students to complete their homework easily and efficiently. I would necessarily blame one cause of this lack of creativity, this is a result of multiple causes from schools to technology in the 21st century. Libraries are becoming more for a place to look over notes or go online to do homework instead of many years ago where a library was a place to learn and absorb new ideas…

  31. Paul Lee November 30, 2018 at 7:08 pm #

    It has always been a controversial topic of American education from kindergarten to the 12th grade. Many people and I have admitted that school from k-12 does not really educate or teach a young mind of how to carry oneself in real or the creativity aspect of life. It seems that the education America tries to keep students in line and not emphasize creativity and innovation. This very article quotes Steve Jobs that I believe many of my peers and young students should read. It states, “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” A strong statement that resonated with me as I wish I have read it in freshman year of high school. Many students always think that they cannot make an impact, or I am not smart enough. However, geniuses had to start somewhere, and you can do the same.
    Young students entering high school have a certain mindset that the school academics from the tests to the paper is what a person can do to achieve the success and happiness in life. American School systems and society itself emphasizes the fact that students need to do well in school, on their SAT, then you must go to college and then you will actively apply for a job afterward. That is the standard of creating success and happiness that many young minds believe is the only way. I thought the same as I was in high school, I did not learn that failure, innovation, and creativity is being lacked in the American Educational System.
    What I would tell young students and the younger version of me, just as this article has stated, that it is okay to fail. It is tolerable to fail because one can learn so much from the failure and what to do in the future than simply sitting in a chair and watching lectures for about eight hours. Innovated minds will fail, it is not solely just you and use these failures as learning steps toward your success. Young mind and I were taught that failure is a destructive being toward a human being’s success. We should still work hard toward what we want but we should not stress so much over our failures. Again, taking it as a learning experience will direct you toward the success you want. I can fully support that as I have failed a couple times and it was a learning experience that I was more than grateful for as I grew from it.

  32. Joseph Capouch November 30, 2018 at 8:30 pm #

    The article “How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship” raises some very troubling concerns regarding my generation. As it states, America has gained a reputation for innovation, ingenuity, and entrepreneurial spirt that makes it unique. Yet, that will be difficult to maintain if all the young people attending school in America are losing a lot of important traits. A study referenced by the article found “that children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle”. This is concerning to say the last. Also, it is unfortunately something I believe that I can relate to.
    Creativity is often plentiful in children, who have very little to do, and rely on their imagination and ability to create ways to entertain themselves. However, I believe school can take away from that, as I found. I learned a lot from my parents and family growing up, and continued to learn once I was in school, as a child who actually enjoyed attending school and learning more than many of those around me. I believe that once I began learning in school, I lost some of the wonder to questions that were being answered for me, how those can change, when those answers apply, and why those things were true. Questions raised like this in school often got answers like “you will learn that later” or “you don’t need to know that right now”. Classes would often give you the information you needed to do the assignments, tests, or other requirements, and that was more or less the end of it. I believe this type of teaching in school directly relates to the loss of creativity in my generation, and that learning in other ways could alternatively fuel creativity. This only seemed to get worse in later grades, in high school, with things like meeting the requirements for Honor Rolls, preparing for tests like the ACTs and SATs, and getting into college seeming far more important than things like creativity.
    With that being said, college itself seems like an entirely different story in my experience. Far more now than in high school, I find that being able to support what I think, explain it, and understand it is more important than saying what is correct by the standard of others. Practicing this, and putting effort into communicating my own thoughts, as opposed to just trying to tell people what they want to hear, or write it on a test, I believe has helped me to become more creative, resourceful, and otherwise helped me to improve. The article mentions how colleges like the University of Virginia are putting effort towards an entrepreneurship competition at the K-12 level, something that would fuel creativity and ingenuity. I believe this is just another example of how hope to colleges can help to change and reverse the negative effects that the education system seems to have had on my generation. Overall, I think college is one of the best hopes for young people, and that elementary, middle, and high schools could be changed to become more like them, which would help everyone involved.

  33. Cassandra Sibilski November 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm #

    This article discusses how America’s education model, across schools nationwide has ultimately become less creative, and less based on subjects pertaining to a more liberal arts based education. There is an even higher focus placed on solely academic subjects than ever before, and less on kids being able to be imaginative and expressive, things that are a necessity for new inventions and entrepreneurship to happen. This comes with new school regulations and time constraints that are restricting teachers to only get through certain material and not others, and sadly usually things that allow for more expression in elective courses are usually the first to go. I think one of the reasons kids today are considered to be less creative and expressive is partially attributed to the amount of restriction in what is learned in the school systems, but more so because of technology. Technology today has taken over, especially when it comes to kids. Kids today are getting phones and tablets at super young ages, and in addition all of the content that comes along with them. This means they have all kinds of “entertainment” on their little screens, that yes, it occupies their time, but is it really engaging their minds? I believe the answer to that is no. Young kids today basically go to school all day, and then their free time is typically comprised of a lot of screen time, probably playing a game or watching a show that is too mature for them. In the past, kids played with all kinds of physical toys and games that they played with other kids, thus also increasing their communication skills (something else that is lacking in kids today). Today this just doesn’t happen. The same can be said for teenagers, and the truth is that it is incredibly sad. There is so much pressure on teens in high school, that all of the “fun” courses are not viewed as important, and thus kids don’t put much effort into them. This means that courses involving art, music, acting, creative writing, etc. just don’t hold the same esteem as history, science, and math, according to education systems today. Ultimately, for kids to regain a creative spirit, schools need to start reintroducing a sense of importance when it comes to artistic courses, and something needs to be done about young kids using phones and tablets.

  34. Dominique Pina November 30, 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    This is a very prevalent topic as I have noticed this in my lifetime. As more art programs and other creative outlets are being shutdown, it is clear to see that we as a society do not value them as much as we used to. I went to a vocational high school and starting junior year they pushed us heavily to go to college and were academically pushing us to prepare for college. This is not an inherently bad thing, but my senior year English teacher brought up a good point one day. She pondered out loud to the class of why our school would focus so much on pushing us toward college. She explained that the whole point of the school was to teach you a trade so that we would go into the workforce with certifications and experience, of course some professions need a college degree but most did not. Then she further explained how not everyone was meant to go to college, and that was okay. Rigorous academics is not for everyone, and it didn’t have to do with how smart you are, it has to do with the way that some people think. I had heard once that their are two types of people, people who think with their left-side of their brain and people who think with the right. Some people see the world through a creative lens and some see it through an analytical one. The problem our society is having now is that it stifles people who think creatively. It puts so much emphasis on being good at school and math that we do not allow the creative minds and innovators to be themselves. This limits our potential as a nation.

  35. Vincent Perez February 14, 2019 at 2:48 pm #

    This article is interesting due to the fact that that this is a topic that is not only affecting the United States but the society in general. The fact that US schools are deteriorating the creative and entrepreneurship side of their students is not only thanks to the educational system, but as the article said, it has a lot to do with the fact that people are getting comfortable with just living a basic life, following “what the world makes you do”, which is ok if people are happy with it , but its creating a vague world. This conformism is leading people to a state in which everything that happens is ok and there is little to nothing we can do about it. Yes, I understand not everyone was born to be an entrepreneur, but that’s what I think this article is so interesting because it isn’t just talking about creating a whole new product, business or service but, in a personal way too.

    People are being taught basic things, such as literacy, math and some social skills, but what isn’t being taught is possibly the most important thing to know in life which is failing. The art of failing, yes, it is an art because it not only reflects in what you messed up but also how you get back on track to overcome that fail and improve. This shows the lack of character newer generations have. Nowadays the world has come to be a place that has to be perfect, that doesn’t need sacrifices in order to get better, a place in which failing is seeing as something bad, when its all the contrary, failing is not an option for success it is a requirement. This lack of character can be traced to lots of things, but mostly it is due to the way the society is built nowadays.

    With all this technology, ease of communication and the ability of manipulating what other people see through social media, its easy for outsiders to judge others success or path by comparing it to people that are more successful. This does nothing to contribute to the greater good of society, in fact, it worsens the entire society. By criticizing with such ease people tend to diminish others dreams and make them think that it just isn’t worth it to risk when it is easier to just follow the most secure path. Risk-reward is something people nowadays don’t value, now people value more the difficulty, whereas, if its easy, the reward doesn’t matter because it was easy to accomplish, therefore you can’t complain about it. Yes, this article might be from 2015 but each year that goes by society is getting worse in that aspect. People are afraid of not only failing but of the criticism that might follow after that.

    We must improve and teach our future generations that failing isn’t bad, that being creative is not only different, but its better than being one more in the world.

  36. David Torres April 12, 2019 at 7:19 pm #

    After reading the article, “How America’s Education Model Kills Creativity and Entrepreneurship”, it gave me a sense of realization that the education system in America really does restrict creative thinking in a variety of ways. The schooling system in America can be described as ‘Tunnel Vision’ because it doesn’t really teach them the ways of how to start up your own business, or even teach you how to invest your money. The kind of teaching that occurs in schools in the United States, is teaching that many people often say, “when am I ever going to use this in my life?” To think back to high school, and remember all the things I’ve learned that I may never use throughout the course of my entire life, is a red flag for education systems in the United States. Not only am I not going to use the material in the future, but it is also a requirement that all students have to go through. Personally, I think that there should be a change in the educational system that allows for classes that specifically are designed for students that want to pursue a certain type of career. Not only will this improve drive and motivation for the students, but it will better prepare them for what is to come in college. Additionally, the student will also be able to have a better understanding of what their desired career choice, and can decide if they think that the career choice is right for them.
    I also think that schools should better teach people about money, taxes and overall finances. It is surprising that many individuals of today do not have a firm understanding of taxes, and investing through a variety of ways. If schools decide to incorporate subjects on financing and investing. The world would be so different, and it would give people that do not go to college, a chance to achieve financial freedom. It could even help a severely in debt college student by allowing them to quickly pay back their student loans. The world would be a completely different place.

  37. Emily Crisafulli October 18, 2019 at 9:16 am #

    Reading this left me with a rather upset feeling lingering behind. To think that such a huge construct of life is actually harming children’s abilities to grow, is horrifying. I, first hand, however, can attest that this is completely true. I do believe that modern American public school is taking away the ability for students to think freely and creatively. One piece in the article states that children have become “less emotionally expressive…passionate….less likely to see things from a different angle…” and I believe firmly that this is true. The minds of young students are so dull now. They have been forced to learn not for themselves, but for tests.

    In modern public school, as I can speak from experience in private or specialty schools, the main curriculum is focused around standardized testing and general course work. Every student is viewed the same. In the article they mention conformity, and that is exactly what is being pushed rather than the focus on allowing each student to take their own path. I believe testing, however, is the biggest culprit. The urgency put on students doing well on standardized testing puts a halt to the chance for students to really dive into a topic they love, mainly because they wouldn’t have time to while the teachers are cramming to cover all the topics needed for students to pass tests.

    I do, however, understand why it could be hard in public school to focus on students individuality and their interests, there is usually a larger ratio of students to teachers and it could be insanely difficult. However, from what I always felt and saw in school, there is little effort to make any difference here. Budget could be difficult, and that’s a fair reality, but there could be a bigger effort, in my opinion, to redesign the general curriculum to offer more open and innovative thinking, and remove the concept of standard tests to allow for students to grow beyond the requirement to remember material for a test. I believe so much more would be absorbed this way and it would allow for students to think in an unconfined way.

  38. Jake Malek October 21, 2019 at 6:39 pm #

    As an entrepreneurship major myself, I really enjoyed reading this article and find someone with a similar viewpoint as myself. As a college student with an entrepreneurial mindset, throughout my educational journey, I have struggled with this battle to maintain this mindset while still satisfying the educational system’s standards. With school curriculum so focused on standardizing practices, such as the ‘correct’ way to do problem solving, students are being groomed to conformity. Entrepreneurs are the fuel behind innovation within the United States and with our students being groomed to conform to societies set standards, this innovation is set on a trajectory to deteriorate slowly over time.

    The article speaks about introducing creative and innovative curriculum into the education system’s standard curriculum as a solution to this problem. This article was written back in 2015, and since then I have begun to see corrective actions by society, but not yet by the educational associations. As an entrepreneurial studies student, I have recognized entrepreneurship youth education programs which are sparking up around the world. These educational programs serve as additional or complementary curriculums to the standard schooling system. These programs target youth consumers and are looking to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity within their curriculum. Companies such as Junior Achievement, Mad Science, FizzeLabs, and Eseedling are just some companies that are popping up around the world that seek to develop these traits within today’s youth.

    This idea of standard educational curriculum conflicting and ultimately discouraging entrepreneurial students is something that I have struggled with throughout my journey. And, this is a problem that I hope future students do not. I hope these complementary entrepreneurial programs have positive results and are able to implement some aspects of their program into the standard youth educational curriculum. This introduction into standard curriculum will be a long and slow process, but I believe it will be something that is worth the transition pains.

  39. Ryan L October 22, 2019 at 11:46 am #

    The role of education is simple: teach students material, and measure their performance by giving them tests and assessing grades. Well, after reading this article, it is clear that this philosophy of teaching has many unintended negative consequences. These include lack of creativity, fear of risk or failure, and social conformity, and these issues seriously hurt the entrepreneurial spirit in the United States.
    Decreasing creativity is an issue that has been forming for years now, and it is visible in real life statistics. The amount of new startups and people willing to take on businesses of their own is ever decreasing. I agree that the school system in the United States is a big factor in this. Schools mold children all the way from preschool until they are full grown adults. Needless to say this has a very significant effect on their perception of the world around them, and what is acceptable in it. The way schools have a negative effect on them is by giving a strict structure and micro-managing nearly all aspects of the student’s day. If that student strays off the path set before them, or hands in a project that is a little outside the box, they will be punished with detentions or bad grades. This is basically telling students that creativity is bad and should not be done, which greatly decreases the chance that they will come up with a new idea in the future. But this doesn’t only hurt creativity, it also makes people afraid to take risks.
    As nearly all entrepreneurs will admit, starting your own business is risky, and almost always requires failure before success. Similar to the issues with stifled creativity in schools, the tolerance for risk and failure is also suppressed. Students in U.S. school systems are not taught about risk, and how to make calculated decisions under risk. Even more harmful than that though, they are not taught that it is OK to fail. Even the mere mention of the word “fail” is enough to worry most students. This is not the way school should be in my opinion. School should be a formative experience where students learn skills that will help them in REAL life, not just skills that will help them do good on the upcoming exam. This idea shows more than just a school issue, it shows a more widespread issue with social conformity.
    Social conformity is an epidemic in US schools, and society as a whole. Everybody wants to be the coolest kid, do the same things, and basically be the same person. I see this especially now in middle and high school kids, who I see getting off the bus as I drive home from school each day. Almost every single guy getting off the bus is wearing tall white socks and white Vans shoes. It looks like a bunch of kids wearing space boots getting off of the bus each day. While this is a small and somewhat funny occurrence, it shows a more real problem in our schools. Kids in schools are becoming more and more the same. This not only hurts them, it hurts society as a whole. If everyone wants to be the same, who is ever going to come up with a new idea that would change the world for the better?

  40. Xuanchen Zhang November 1, 2019 at 9:06 pm #

    The article raises a major concern regarding the impact of the USA education system. It argues that the current education model is discouraging creativity and entrepreneurship, and this is based on several surveys that have found out that there has been a sharp decline in the number of start-ups, and an increase in studies that suggest there is a decline in risk-taking culture, problem solving skills needed in entrepreneurship, among other trends that generally point to a reduction in entrepreneurship culture. These findings are really worrisome, but very important as it addresses some challenges in the education system that may have a long term negative impact on the general state of the US economy. Ideally, entrepreneurship is the foundation upon which the economy is grounded since it is through it that jobs are created, government gets revenues, the country is able to trade with others and so on. Therefore, anything that would lead to a decline of this entrepreneurship culture is a threat to the wider economy.
    From my personal perspective, I agree with the issues raised in this article since we are witnessing a situation whereby more people are preferring to seek employment rather than establish startups, as that is the line of argument given in the article. Nonetheless, I feel that there are other factors outside the education system that contribute to this problem. For instance, since unemployment rates are low, there is already a relatively high number of entrepreneurship ventures in the country, and which are providing these employment opportunities. It is highly unlikely that more people would wish to establish startups in an economy that is already providing many readily available jobs. Therefore, in my view, the state of the economy is also contributing to the decline in entrepreneurship more than the education system is.
    Also, when the cost of living is high, many people will barely have enough money to establish startups. I think this too could be a contributing factor to the decline in the entrepreneurship, especially by the young people. Many students finish college when they are highly indebted by student loans and hence taking risks in entrepreneurship that would probably require them to seek additional debt to fund startups may seem unattractive. In my view therefore, while the article has focused mainly on the education system, and especially the kind of learning that students get, I feel that these factors outside the education system would be having more impact on the state of entrepreneurship culture than the education system.

  41. Anthony Freda December 6, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

    Today’s American education model is one of the worst things we can give to students. This article does an amazing job highlighting how our education model kills creativity and innovation. I agree with every ounce of what was written and think something should change. With my sister currently in grade school and my other sister about to exit grade school, I have learned how one dimensional our learning system is. Schools want their students to receive the same education by taking the same classes and limiting elective courses. Students are judged based on their performances in subject that most of the time will never help a student truly learn. Schools lack the ability to give classes that teach students about life’s necessities. Taxes, mortgaging a home, and making investments are all topics that students do not have the opportunity to learn in school. We are however forced to take classes that teach us useless math, and science topics that have no relevance in success today. It also starts with our elementary and kindergarten education. The article mentions how a study revealed children of today are becoming less creative. This is concerning. Children are some of the most creative and open minded people on the planet. Taking away their creativity and narrow minding them will only hurt our nation’s future.

    I believe the mission that Carly Fiorina and Steve Case have set in place is a stepping stone to helping the youth. Their entrepreneurship competition is similar to the Odyssey of the Mind competitions. Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem solving program that has been encouraging creative thinking since the late 70’s. More programs like this should be installed and I regret never taking part in any of these programs. I needed to be a more open minded child and our future generations need to be as well. I hope the people in charge of making curriculum for each state will realize the importance of creativity and open the curriculum up to encourage more thinking.

  42. Ryan Geschickter December 6, 2019 at 4:56 pm #

    In the world today, and even while growing up in America’s education system one can see that the system in a sense is broken. When I was younger everyone told us, we could be whatever he wanted when we grew older, but now we have to have a set career path in order to be successful. The model slowly erases things such as entrepreneurship and creativity, both of which had ever lasting impacts on society in America. The school system needs to be more diverse rather than one minded in order to allow any kid to do what they choose rather than pressuring them. In addition, creativity and art are what has prided America for many years and letting that go would cause a unique and quite tragic meltdown. Art classes aren’t as highly funded in the American school system which truly proves to be an insult to many who pride themselves on classical as well as modern artwork. After finishing reading the rest of the article, I found that there can be numerous ways to combat the dying programs and fields of modern creativity and entrepreneurship. First, there should be a program implemented by the government ensuring that some taxpayer money goes directly towards teaching for art in the American school system. This program would ensure that creativity of all sorts is funded for and well taught for further generations. If we can all come together there’s no doubt in my mind that this problem can be easily as fixed as it started. As a grandchild of a painter, it hurts to know that the program could be in disarray very soon if there aren’t significant changes. But the change could mean all the difference in the long run. Painting and advanced entrepreneurship is a big past time, and when it starts to fail, we should come to its rescue to keep it around or generations to come.

  43. Daniel J Cambronero December 6, 2019 at 6:45 pm #

    The United States of America is undoubtedly one of the global superpowers in today’s day and age and yet, time and time again we find ourselves low in the global rankings for education. The go to solution would be for funding but with the U.S. already funding education so heavily the answer obviously does not lie there. Instead, the problem with the U.S. is not about the quantity of means used but instead the quality of means used to educate our youth.

    Our youth are the future of tomorrow and it is important to realize this when thinking about education because you are quite literally educating the business leaders or political leaders of tomorrow however, as described by the Forbes article, “America’s [current] education model fails to promote the kind of creativity, risk-taking, and problem solving skills necessary for entrepreneurship…” (Forbes 1). However as ironic as it is, our education is failing us because of our view on failure, instead of viewing failure as a terrible thing that only happen to those who are not good enough or who are lazy, failure should be viewed as the stepping stone to greatness it is. All of the greatest inventors of our time had to fail in order to reach success, many of these inventors being denoted as not fit for school the most famous being Thomas Edison, a boy whose parents were told he was too stupid for school, had an idea and a dream. With this idea and a dream he failed over and over (over a thousand times in fact) but he never gave up until one day, the light bulb lit. Without all of these failures, Thomas Edison would have never been able invent the light bulb, which leads me into my next point of the problem with American education.

    The American education system dates back to the Industrial Era and has not been updated since. The reason the k-12 system was even introduced was just to get kids out of factories and to educate them however, we are now living in a post industrial era world, in which this system of education needs to be updated into supporting failure instead of pushing the idea that As are a must.

    As stated in the article, According to Kyung Hee Kim, a Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary, “…children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle.” This is due to the way America’s education system is structured and if this Industrial Era state of mind stays in tact, America could find itself slipping down the global super power rankings one day, with no leaders to lead.

  44. Yifeng Liu March 6, 2020 at 11:01 pm #

    Ordinarily, an education system is expected to spur creativity, entrepreneurship among others, in the learners. The author argues that the United States education model does the opposite, and hence the concern. He however bases this conclusion on the argument that the country has been witnessing a decline in number of startups. This trend points to a decline in creativity among learners, risk taking and problem solving abilities. These are skills that should be imparted through learning, and if the education model fail in imparting these skills, it is viewed in the manner the author of the article has described it, that it is contributing to a decline in creativity and entrepreneurship.

    From my view, I find some bits of this argument plausible, but I also feel he as ignored other factors that could be contributing to this trend. For example, in as much as an education system is supposed to impart entrepreneurial skills such as creativity, problem solving and risk taking, what if the economic environment is not favorable enough for the learners who get imparted with these skills to apply them? This is to mean that, getting the skills is not enough, but there should be enough resources and a conducive economic environment for people to apply those skills in establishing start-ups. When the environment is not conducive, the people will barely apply those skills.

    I therefore feel that there are factors such as a rising cost of living, higher capital needed to start businesses, and globalization that is also playing a role in the declining trend in start-ups. For globalization, there are other nations where starting businesses is less costly than the US, and due to the fact that the world is very interconnected, businesses started in those nations will be competing with those started in the US. It will therefore be hard for businesses started in the US to compete with those started in other places where costs are low. I feel such economic situations are to blame more than the education model.

  45. Mya Jackson March 10, 2020 at 1:01 pm #

    I wholeheartedly agree with the main idea of this article. In today’s society and classroom environment, it is rarely encouraged for the students to be creative or even have a creative mindset because the educators are so focused on what the test scores show and how that effects their job status. In reality, yes it is extremely important to do well in school but it is also relevant to teach our youth the upside of being creative or “having an entrepreneur mindset”. The article argues that the U.S. education system does the opposite of spurring creative mindsets and environments, which is why there is a huge concern. There is also the point of how there has been a decrease in the amount of business startups in this country, which essentially points to lack of creativity. However, I can see the side of there not being as many startups for lack of resourced not creativity. Both sides are very plausible.
    Another important aspect that was mentioned is that young people today are becoming increasingly afraid to fail at new things, hence the lack of drive to create, innovate, and adventure. Nowadays, it seems as if we are taught that if you fail, then you are a loser. However, as the article explains, that is so far from the truth. Many entrepreneurs such as “Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.” have faced challenges in the making of their businesses and have failed at some point. The way that they became successful like in anything else was that they learned from their mistakes, fixed them, and enhanced their products.
    In United States classrooms, we should be more focused on how to enhance learning mentally as well as hands on because although grades are vital to graduate, they are not the only thing that makes one successful in a schooling environment.

  46. Marc B March 12, 2020 at 10:25 pm #

    The Oxford Dictionary defines entrepreneurship as “The activity of setting up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.” Many hear about famous entrepreneurship like Henry Ford, Charles R. Schwab, Walt Disney, and many others were great entrepreneurs but their success stories and all their trials and errors are not taught in our school systems. When you read their stories, you find one thing common, they are either college dropouts or simply high school graduates but they went on to become thought leaders, steering the companies that have actually changed our lives. But, for each one that made it, there are thousands that did not, so maybe we need to change the way we approach entrepreneurship. The schools promote jobs that are safe that offer no innovation. The skills essential to being an entrepreneur should be inculcated from a young age through schools and their curriculum and should not only remain a prerogative of college-going students.
    It is critical to encourage innovative thinking in the classrooms as well as not rely on the idea of going to college and getting a 9-5 job. Routine work is soon going to be mechanized, people are going to make their mark if they are able to think creatively. Entrepreneurs often have the ability to look at the same thing, but think of it differently. Encouraging entrepreneurship in schools does not mean that every child will become an entrepreneur. The essence is to inculcate values and skills that will help them no matter what they choose to become a sportsman, an artist, a professional, a business leader, a creator or an entrepreneur. There are many skills entrepreneurs share, one of the most important skills they need to have is the ability to think positively and overcome problems without getting defeated by them. Schools should include problem-solving case studies, positive thinking, and creative challenges so that children are able to think of their glass half-full.

  47. MaryAnn G March 31, 2020 at 12:12 pm #

    I believe that this article is accurate. The author of this article states that we stigmatize mistakes and I believe that this is true. In this day and age we have a schedule that society has made for us and if we are unable to or unwilling to follow this schedule then there is something wrong. The thought of going against the status quo is causing students to become robots to their surroundings. I understand that because of this “schedule” many people are graduating and getting jobs, but as the article stated “America has long been unique because of its remarkable ingenuity….” If we continue down this path of forcing school education to make the children into learning robots, then we are inherently lessening their ability to think outside of the box which in return reduces their creativity. One question that we have to ask ourselves is, are we ok with lowering the rate of creativity at a young age causing their ability to innovate to reduce which in turn will cause less creativity for businesses in the future? Like everything there is a balance, but the ability to think outside the box is exactly how we got the wheel and car and really any technology that we have today and we cannot let the children lose their ability to be creative thinkers.

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