Creativity was in the Water . . . or Something

Has creativity and expression been misplaced? Why did Albert Einstein say that imagination was more important than knowledge? The youth of our society now sit in classrooms that have ridgedly-formed lesson plans of worksheets and uniform testing that crush any kind of free thinking or exploration. Try this: Ask a student to write about how heavy the color red is? Or what the smell of blue would be? These young humans communicate with words, via “smart” phones, that aren’t even words. U c what im sayn? No, I’m sorry. I do not.

Expression and the beauty of language is a painful death to watch. The vocabulary of most teenagers is so limited that it is hard to communicate simple instructions. The flow and beauty of language is an art form, and students attack sublime writers, such as Shakespeare, Keats, and Byron, because they sound “old” and “stupid.”  Many in the field of education write articles pointing to poverty and culture as inhibitors of language. Nothing could be further from the truth.  It was the 1920’s and 1930’s  that produced some of our greatest literary work. A few authors of that time include: T.S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, A.A. Milne, D.H.Lawrence, Robert Frost, Agatha Christie, Edith Wharton, Eugene O’Neill, Hart Crane, Ezra Pound, Edna St. Vincent Millay, H.G. Wells, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Sinclair Lewis, H.L. Mencken, James Joyce, George B. Shaw, Willa Cather, Upton Sinclair, William Faulkner, and on and on.

It is ignorance and laziness that are the inhibitors of language. Sadly, it is somewhat easier to understand the thought process of a student after speaking with the parents. There is no magic wand to fix this pandemic. It wasn’t in the water of the 1930’s. It was in the desire to communicate effectively and intelligently, and God forbid if someone where to perceive you as ignorant. 

no what im sayn?

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4 thoughts on “Creativity was in the Water . . . or Something

  1. Iz herin’ u bro.

    Well written and spot on. The thing that strikes me as off is that there are people who claim to believe throwing money at the problem will fix it.

    1. Oh yes! I’ve had some sparks of hope, but it is so important that we present good communication among the people around them. It is sad to hear other teachers speaking with terrible grammar and limited vocabulary. We can just stay the course! 🙂

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