How Traditional Education Still Prevents You From Moving Forward Today

You feel stuck.

You’re petrified of making mistakes.

Each mistake makes you feel like a failure, and as a result, you just don’t feel very good about yourself.

You wonder why you don’t have more initiative and motivation.

Sure, you have dreams. And you have a vision of what you want your life to be. But somehow, you seem to lack the initiative to make it happen.

You sit in your cubicle wishing for a better life, but you never take any action to make it happen. You’re too afraid something might go wrong. Too afraid you’ll fail. Too afraid you’ll lose everything.

What is it that makes you feel this way? Was it always like this?

Kindergarten Arts and Crafts Stunted Your Ability to Take Initiative

Your educational journey probably began in kindergarten.

In kindergarten, lots of time is given to doing arts and crafts projects.

The teachers usually give three reasons for this:

  1. It will help the children remember their lessons.
  2. It will help them develop their fine motor coordination.
  3. It will teach them to follow directions.

However, these reasons are all part of the over-conformity and over-standardization that traditional education imposes on our children.

When teachers in traditional classrooms do crafts, they do so by choosing an idea, creating a model, giving the children the materials, and having them follow instructions exactly.

What is wrong with that? Isn’t that what you did as a child?

3 reasons these traditional crafts projects are so detrimental

The following are some problems with the way you did crafts:

  1. Children need to learn to solve problems. When they have to follow an exact model, no problem solving is involved at any level.
  2. Children develop independence when they’re given choices and freedom to take the initiative. With these types of crafts, they have no choices.
  3. Children need to express their individuality. These mass-produced crafts allow for no individuality at all.

The worst part of it all is that you carry these negatives with you into you adult life, which is why you’re currently having trouble taking initiative.

If It’s SO Detrimental, Why Are The Schools Doing It This Way?

When the education system moved from the one-room schoolhouse to the mainstream classroom years ago, it was during the time of the industrial revolution.

The powers that be had been trying to figure out the most efficient way of inculcating masses of people with habits and abilities that were needed for industrial production.

They realized that what society needed was conformity, so the educational system we still have today was created to mold conforming adults.

They instituted factories that had the following:

  • Clear boundaries
  • Set rules
  • Principles of standardization
  • Logical processes
  • Few options for choice or deviation

Traditional crafts fit exactly into this model. Once you hit the elementary years, the same methods with all these rules, regulations, and no individuality continued throughout all of your subjects.

Many teachers have not realized that we are way past the industrial revolution.

What Happened To You As A Result?

As a result of all these rules, regulation, and standards, you became fearful of making mistakes.

When only one way exists to do something, anything you do is a mistake.

When you don’t have choices, you can’t learn to take initiative, and with no choices, you get no individuality.

If you were an academically inclined child, you were never able to discover your latent talents because you were just focused on getting good grades and getting into a good college.

If you were not academically inclined, you were beaten down even more because academic intelligence was the only thing that mattered.

Howard Gardener’s theories of multiple intelligences had not been discovered, so you were not aware of all the amazing latent talents you may have had. (He discovered that there were many more ways to show intelligence than only through academic excellence.)

You still may not be aware of your amazing talents and are probably still suffering from the effects of your education.

This is most probably why you feel so stuck.

Can You Sill Recover From Your Initiative-Draining Education?

Sir Ken Robinson, one of the foremost experts on creativity today says the following:

“Most people succeed only after they have recovered from their education.”

That should give you some hope.

It is never too late to change, but in order to change, you do have to recognize the root of many of your problems, which is your traditional education.

The best way to change is to get involved in pursuits that stifled you as a child — creative pursuits.

This will help you break out of the mold of conformity.

Getting involved in creativity is one of the most healing things you can do for yourself.

If you stick to activities where the process is more important than the product, you will have lots of great choices.

Adult crafts is a big business today. However, when you make a “craft,” you need to make the exact thing that you see being shown. Mistakes on your part will lead you to feel like you did in kindergarten, like you can never get things right.

If you stick to activities like mixed media — which is a mixture of painting, collage, stamping, stenciling, or any other fun art media that you feel will enhance your artwork — mistakes are never a problem.

When you don’t have one finished way an artwork has to look, you are free to make mistakes, and even if you feel that you still messed up, it’s never too late to create art out of your supposed mess-up.

By doing these types of activities, you will develop more initiative and motivation that you never knew you had.

If you stick to this consistently, you will see changes seeping into your life, and you will be able to erase much of the negative effects your education imposed on you.

Recover From Your Traditional Education, and Take Your Initiative Back

When you have success in one area of your life, it usually spills over into other areas.

When you see the benefits of process-focused creative projects — like feeling calmer, having more focused attention, and having that feeling of “I can do this!” — you will notice that wishes you had in your life will spring to life.

You will realize that you don’t have to just dream; you can actually accomplish.

You will be amazed at how a little bit of creative activity can actually transform your whole mindset.

And you will be ready to take on the world.

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