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A Word Search Project On "Creativity"

1233 words - 5 pages

Consider the educationalist professor Sir Ken Robinson's words "If you are not prepared to fail, you can't be original" (Ted). By saying this he had defended that people need to be brave, and then he adds that today's education system leads students to a certain and specific way. So students don't have a chance to fail because they have nothing to do by their own. If a student ignores the system, he will be a uneducated person, in general uneducated people has less value in today's society. Otherwise, if he accepts it, and goes where system leads, he will lose his creativity. To be accomplished in this life, education is one of the most important things. That means you need to be successful in your education life, and as Sir Ken Robinson said: "Failing is the worst thing a student can do in this system" (Ted). If you fail, people will just stigmatize you. So today's education system and situations in life kills the creativity.
To be able to make comment about a word, it is very important to know it's historical usage. Based on the data of the search engine called Ngram, which is a search engine created for learning the usage of a word in different time periods: The usage of word creativity had decreased in last ten years (Google). Furthermore education by technology instructor Steve Bross's researches shows that in last ten years education had made headway by the help of technology (Bross). So the one of the main reasons of decreasing the usage of creativity is improvement of education. People stopped thinking creatively because academic success is more important now. No one cares about this change, but this is a very critical issue. While the usage of creativity had decreased in last 10 years because of education system, the denotation and connotation meaning of creativity had a specific change. Though it is not a common event that meaning of a word changes by time goes on. In my interview I spoke with a taxi driver, Mustafa Yanmaz. I asked him what is creativity, and he answered "God created us, and we create these cars, houses and TV's. There is always someone who is creating" (Yanmaz). He described the word as inventing something but not a rudimentary invention. However, Cambridge University dictionary, one of the best university dictionaries in the world from 1584, describes creativity as "producing or using original and unusual ideas" (Cambridge), because creativity means thinking different from others. An Old dictionary, Mshaffer Old Dictionary that had written in 1828, describes creativity as " To produce; to bring into being from nothing; to cause to exist" (Mshaffer). because in these days their point of view about creativity was different from today's people. Today's people know that inventing doesn't means bringing something from nothing, it means connecting things and creating something different.
As denotation and connotation meaning of creativity had changed in time, famous people's thoughts about creativity had changed too....

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