By Mohamed Bella
By Mohamed Bella
Marrakech – The greatest and most influential artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso, once said that “all children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” Actually, the artistic impulse is very vigorous within children in their early years of elementary school and secondary school, but unfortunately as students grow up and are subjected to the negligence of educational institutions, they lose that immense spark of creativity they had as children. Sadly, the teaching methods in Morocco are not creative enough to motivate students to stay creative.
Over the last few decades, decision makers and many men and women who work in the field of education have failed to come up with innovative solutions to the learning issues in Morocco. We have to realize as a society that the way our educational system is run today diminishes the creativity of students. We have to rethink as well as reconsider the fundamental principles by which we’re educating children.
Being creative nowadays is an essential part of anyone’s professional skill set. As a case in point, the majority of Moroccan companies have a mindset of hiring creative individuals who can raise the company’s profits, and they are not interested in students with degrees from Moroccan institutions of higher education. The English educationalist Sir Kenneth Robinson argues that degrees, soon enough, won’t be worth anything:
Suddenly, degrees aren’t worth anything. Isn’t that true? When I was a student, if you had a degree, you had a job. If you didn’t have a job, it was because you didn’t want one, and I didn’t want one. But now, kids with degrees are often heading home to carry on playing video games, because you need an MA where the previous job required a BA. And now, you need a PhD for the other. It’s a process of academic inflation.
Creativity has become a fundamental necessity in the 21st century in both schools and in the workplace. Sir Ken Robinson said, “Creativity now, is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” Companies are looking for employees who bring profiles demonstrating the highly efficient powers of creativity and invention that can bring ultimate success, along with thinking that relies on analogical reasoning. “Analogical thinking is central to creativity,” writes Dr. Gary Davis, professor of educational psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in his 1993 article, “Personalities of Creative People.” “The creative person ‘makes connections’ between one situation and another, between the problem at hand and similar situations.”
Decision makers in education should create spaces in which Moroccan students can learn how to make their thoughts and ideas evolve. Schools in Morocco need a supportive educational environment that promises to contribute quite substantially to the students’ creative process. Teachers along with families are the primal components that can make a tremendous impact on students’ approach to innovation, helping them release the richness and capacity of their human creativity in order to be ready to adapt to the needs of the current job market. As a modern society, we should foster an innovative curriculum in our Moroccan schools for the sake of refining the students’ creativity, rather than create a society where graduates are unemployed. At the end of the day, cultivating creative generations will certainly lead us towards the building of an inventive nation in which individuals can come up with their own original ideas and put them into action.
Edited by Esther Bedik
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