Another reason to homeschool - Because teachers don't like creative students

Creativity: Asset or Burden in the Classrom? reports:

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One of the most consistent findings in educational studies of creativity has been that teachers dislike personality traits associated with creativity. Research has indicated that teachers prefer traits that seem to run counter to creativity, such as conformity and unquestioning acceptance of authority (e.g., Bachtold, 1974; Cropley, 1992; Dettmer, 1981; Getzels & Jackson, 1962; Torrance, 1963). The reason for teachers’ preferences is quite clear creative people tend to have traits that some have referred to as obnoxious (Torrance, 1963). Torrance (1963) described creative people as not having the time to be courteous, as refusing to take no for an answer, and as being negativistic and critical of others. Other characteristics, although not deserving the label obnoxious, nonetheless may not be those most highly valued in the classroom.
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You might find the full report worth reading.

In many ways the conclusions are not surprising.  Most teachers see their classes as a job.  They are trying to make something of a difference with dozens of students in a fixed amount of time.  A child who questions authority or wants to understand a topic in greater detail is disrupting the flow.  The teacher doesn't have a lot of options.  They can make the class wait while they address the one student or they can move the class along to the next point to be taught leaving the creative student frustrated.  I'm sure that many students who are ignored and told to just conform will become more frustrated each time their unusual questions are ignored.

Homeschooling allows creative students to flower and grow.  They can chase their dreams and dive into problems they want to learn more about. 

I do want my children to be polite, but there are times when refusing to take no for an answer is the right response.
In comments on Marginal Revolution someone pointed out that this is exactly the message Sir Ken Robinson gave in his TED Talk "Do schools kill creativity?"



If you haven't seen the video before it is worth watching.