The school culture in early years is one that does not promote much creativity and originality in children.
Different children with diverse potential are given less opportunities to nurture their distinct potential.This is because the school routine is usually burdened with troubling,time consuming and unhealthy assignments and tests that do not allow children to think more outside the box.
A lot more children are often at risk of limited time and energy for creative work to generate ideas and discover and nurture their original talents. Troubling homeworks sometimes follow children home as part of routine to help facilitate the completion of the curriculum.
Less creativity in early years school culture poses a bigger risk of unhealthy competition amongst learners because their ability to innovate and solve problems is limited.
It is important school culture in early years recognises and appreciates more and better creativity and originality of children by re-adjusting school routine appropriately to ensure children have more conducive spaces to create and nurture their distinct potential.
It is right and important for parents to also support children, nurture creativity and original talents at home by providing them sound spaces that will allow children value alone time and problem solving skills.
Barikisu Sumaila is a columnist for Afrikanmum.com and an early years educator. She’s currently the CEO of EC-Learn.
Views in this article are that of the writer.
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