Innovators are prized people; so why does education force conformity?

Education in all forms teaches standard rules and policies to live by. Without it, life is a lot more difficult. Being employed is next to impossible, and you gain a lot of disrespect from almost anyone who knows you haven’t done well in education, especially your teachers.

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It’s understandable why education is important. Basic maths helps with measurements for daily life, understanding finances and various other calculations. It’s important to learn how to read and write proper English and have a basic understanding of history and science. So, in essence, basic education is highly important for everyone.

But certain people are ‘wired’ a different way, and have problems with understanding simple calculations. But does this necessarily mean they are ‘dumb’ or ‘lost cases’ for education?

When we reach university, the word ‘innovator’ is thrown around quite a bit. Workforces now are striving to employ as many innovators as possible, because the standard policies and conformity that has been taught by education doesn’t give anyone a competitive edge. However, employing someone who still has their true essence of imagination and mechanics will ensure a different perspective that redefine the high standards of the market. This innovation makes a small time business rise to the top, among the big league organisations. Examples of this include Facebook, Spanx (the sculpting underwear for women) and the ‘cronut’, (a wonderful hybrid of croissant and donut).

But when someone is in the early stages of their education, the focus on students is placed on who can remember and recite what was taught the best. Essentially, who can adopt information and methods the best without any inner conflict. Leaving any students who, despite many hours of study, cannot seem to understand or adopt the information taught. And due to their low scores, they won’t be given the respect or the opportunities they deserve.

But this conflicts with the tertiary education taught, and especially when working in an organisation. Innovation is highly sought after, but how can anyone expect to keep their imagination and different system of thought and procedures when the importance of conformity has been driven into our heads from the very beginning.

This quote by Albert Einstein sums up the importance of this topic. “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by how well it can climb a tree, it will spend it’s whole life thinking it’s stupid.”

There’s no better way to say it: everyone is a genius, or an ‘innovator’ in some form. And the hard truth is that sometimes innovation clashes with the conformity of our education system. The main thing is to never believe you’re dumb or stupid, but to work harder against societal norms, and stick to your true genius. And next thing you know, you’ve created something better than anyone has seen before.

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