UK teens say education system stifles creativity

71% of the UK’s teenagers say they do not get to be creative enough at school, according to a survey of 12-18-year-olds by community story-writing website Movellas.

By contrast, the poll results showed that a massive 92% of teens say the internet and social media have helped them to be more creative by opening their eyes to new experiences and people.

In terms of where the education system is getting things wrong, nearly nine in 10 (89%) of respondents said teachers could learn from social media to help inspire creativity in the classroom.

Schools, it seems, are failing to keep pace with the changing social dynamic and way young people like to communicate. This is discouraging creativity.

Today’s teens also feel they are unfairly perceived as – and branded – the ‘Playstation Nation’, ie addicted to computer and video games and with no interest in reading or writing.

While four in five respondents (81%) said the internet is a key part of their life, two thirds (67%) said the video game-addicted portrayal of them in the media is unfair and unjustified.

Meanwhile, nearly all those polled (92%) said that creative writing has helped them to express their feelings, although 87% admitted it is not considered ‘cool’ to be into writing at school.

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