We Kill Creative Intelligence By Making People Think in Inflexible Categories

In school, we are not really rewarded when we have a willingness to explore things in field beyond our own. We were instructed to stay within our field of studies with our diversity and if you were to choose a more wide-ranging list of subjects, that’s likely to distress your grades undesirably.

For example:

  • More doctors want to concentrate in a precise body portion, and less are glad to be general practitioners
  • More performers want to discover only one medium
  • More commercial students want to concentrate on a niche, like “only public relations” or “only administrative communications”

By the time University is over, our students come out knowing how to do exactly one thing. There’s no “fuel” for creativity, because their inadequate frames of locus don’t give them much to draw on.

 We Kill Originality and Creative Re-Iteration with Fear

From a tender age, failure is not socially acceptable making us paranoid about failure. Coming from a conservative thinking, if something works once, rather than finding another way we were just do it again.

In school, we were told to follow and spin off model compositions that work that to come out with it ourselves. Even with public ventures or learning fairs. We would rather “reference” from last year’s winner and improvise on them. As our school system isn’t known for giving a good mark for something that fails even it is stimulating and diverse it might be. 

We Try to Regulate their Understanding of their Own Prospect

Imagination might be one of the most delightful about humanity. We can see things in a different way no matter how messy our circumstances might be. Doing so requires practice.

The window of opportunity would grow smaller as we age making harder to partake in this practice. For example to say you want be an inventor when you’re at your 70s when you are in your teens.

Being Singaporean Parents at even a tender age, we would mold our children’s aptitude to visualize their own future. Limiting them with certain professions which can “make it” or fixed list of achievement that are acknowledged. We remuneration them for following to our vision of their future, and terminate their own visions as immature or ridiculous.


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