By Meghan Joyce & Celina Mori
Have you ever had a talk with your parents about what you wanted to be when you grow up? And you’ve explained that you’ve wanted to be an artists or a book writer when you get older, as you’re finished they just stare at you like you’re crazy trying steer you away from that path of pursuing that dream. Well that’s the typical cliché with many young people.
Why are kids and teens always steered away from entering creative fields? Perhaps it’s the notion that creativity just isn’t as helpful to our society as being a scientist or doctor. That’s not true, Katherine Parrott, a reporter for The Huffington Post, says “In today’s marketplace, creativity is linked to innovation; a valuable and sought after skill.” They also say that creativity helps improve one’s mood, create better work innovation, learn persistence and dedication, and even continue to learn new things about the world around them in a different light.
For example, art is used as a type of therapy to help relieve physical, mental, as well as emotional disabilities and trauma. Art can reduce physical stress and tension, if someone is painting, molding with clay, or doing any movement with art it can release energy from the body and replace it with a sense of relief or calmness.
Unfortunately, we as a society have underestimated the way creativity impacts our life. Many people see it as an easy or a lazy field to enter because it doesn’t require anything concrete. Even the SATs include little to no creativity, they focus on a student’s reading, math, and writing skill. With writing being a form of how one can make an essay, not how creative one is.
Students here are always changing their minds, and they constantly end up being coerced into a STEM field. This might be because there are far more science and math related classes than creative classes. Katheryn Saravia is among these students who changed their minds. “I thought I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field but as I grew older my hobby of drawing deformed horses became a major part of who I am.”
Teachers here are on the side of creativity. Mrs. Dias has seen it here that kids don’t just want STEM field classes at the school. “I am going to say as a creative teacher, students are desperate for creative writing…They want some way to express themselves. We need more art classes, more creativity, more improv. It shouldn’t be just two classes.” In fact, being creative can help students in the future.
Creativity such as drawing a picture or writing a story will not come to mind very easily, as a matter of fact the first idea will most likely be a failure. Yet creativity allows people to embrace failure, figuring out how to improve their work as an artist. Which is something society doesn’t touch upon too often.
Things may be changing. Mr. Mullen, an art teacher at BMHS, sees a silver lining for those who want to be creative. “I feel like that’s changing very rapidly…All of these things, you know…they’re all designed by artists.” And he’s right. Look around you. Every single thing you use in your daily life has had some kind of artist help out with it. Your apps have an artist design the layout, TV shows and movies have writers creating every scene, even the shape and style of your clothes come from someone who designed it in the fashion field.
So maybe the creative dry spell in school won’t last forever. Maybe someday the arts and sciences will be equal in school and students will get to have a chance to really flourish in whatever they wish to do. For now, students will grasp for what they can get when it comes to creativity and hope for a future in which they all can have a chance to express themselves.