Monday, 17 June 2019

"Do schools kill creativity?" says_schools_kill_creativity?

Yesterday,  we were talking about education at my English school; we discussed the educational system and we were wondering if school kills creativity. Inspired by sir Ken's Robinson talk on TED I was thinking that it would be a great idea to express  my opinion about this issue and share it with you. To begin with, I firmly believe that schools kill creativity and this is happening a lot lately. Unfortunately, schools consider that it is enough to  teach us only the basic subjects,  like  Maths and History. However, they should teach us more creative things, like music and arts, in a practical way and not just in a theoretical way.

The curriculum  would definitely be more interesting for students since they may discover some talents they might have like Gillian Lynne as sir Ken Robinson says in his talk , who achieved her goals and made her dreams come true with a lot of work and a great deal of effort! If schools do not help young people live up to their expectations and if they do not help them find the most suitable profession for them, youngsters will be constrained to do something they do not  want to for the rest of their lives,as they will not have the opportunity to occupy with something different like arts.

Schools need to improve children's  creative skills and have expert professors help students think more creatively,if they want to of course! Let me know what your opinion is! Do not forget to check the link with sir Ken's Robinson talk on TED! 

Do schools kill creativity?

   I recently watched Sir Ken Robinson's talk on TED with the title "Do schools kill creativity?". To answer this question myself, after taking into consideration what Robinson said, yes, I firmly believe  that schools and education in general nowadays kill creativity and clearly do not motivate students to express themselves through creativity or discover their creative self, which all have.
   Today's educational system includes mostly academic subjects, like maths and history, and focus on teaching theoretical things to children rather how to be creative, which in my belief is a factor that helps with discovering our true personalities, style and looking deeply into ourselves.
  The main goal in today's societies is to produce university professors. This is great for some, however, that way the creative side of children starts to fade away. Students who have a special talent on music, drawing, dance or any other form of art and are not much in favor of academic subjects, find it difficult to adjust to the demanding school curriculum. They do not have the opportunity to express themselves and get involved with something they enjoy and are good at.
All in all, I strongly believe that schools in all countries should add subjects which are going to boost student's creativity and help them find their lost creative selves.

"Do schools kill creativity?" Ken Robinson

I was deeply inspired  by the talk sir Ken Robinson gave about schools that try to kill creativity.It made me question a lot, so I thought I could express my thoughts here.

I do believe that schools kill creativity and this is happening more and more as years go by.I think that adults believe that if they put us in  a class and start teaching us  maths and history we will be genius and that is the key to success.And for some maybe it is but what about the others? There are so many kids out there that are unbelievably good at arts and the prize they get for that is to not be able to express it because nowadays we don't even do arts at school or they were thought to be unwell especially in the old days because they just were not compatible with typical school lessons.

I believe that our world would be a better one if we gave children  the opportunities at school to create and do what they feel amazing doing. Everyone should have the right to imagine and decide what they want to do in life.Schools should give the same emphasis on arts as they do on theoretical subjects.We need more creativity !!!!Check out the link if you want to and you will be impressed. Let me know of your thoughts!

Nature Photography Day

 Taking the opportunity of Nature Photography Day I captured this breathtaking picture at the beach the other day.This process made me hear and feel a lot of beautiful sounds. A calm breeze was giving shivers down my spine and the gentle continuesly  sound of the waves was really relaxing.There were many vivid colors and you could see every shade of blue around.The fresh air that sea gives you can make you feel even more alive. It was simply unforgettable !!

Nature Photography Day

Celebrating Nature Photography day. I took this picture in Youhtas Mountain with a lovely view of Arhanes. I chose this picture as this sweet flower reminds me of the fresh and gentle breeze of that bright morning. It was a calm day and I could listen to the lively birds singing.

Nature Photography Day

A few days ago, we were celebrating Nature Photography Day at my English school, so I decided to take the chance to post some photographs I  took in Chelidoni Beach last year.  I thought it would be a great idea to share these beautiful shots with you. In the first picture, we can see some smooth stones and imagine  the salty water with this incredible  smell, which reminds summer. In the second picture, we see  some enormous and rough  waves in  not  ideal weather conditions for summer in Greece.  Nonetheless, I achieved to take an amazing shot, which reminds me of that adventure!

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Book review by an amazing blogger and ECPE holder

Reviewer: Manolis Tz
Book: Agatha Christie: And then there were none

Hi guys!I used to be a student of this school before 2 years or so and as a trip to the past I felt like writing a short summary of one extremely interesting book. I firmly believe it will make many of you to want to read more such books, even those not interested in reading since I used to consider it boring as well, the reason being that I was trying to read classic literature which I could not get into.

The book is about a group of ten people,strangers to each other ,being invited to mansion on a private island to work as the owner's employees for a short period of time. However, when all of those different personalities arrive to the mansion the owner is nowhere to be found. The first night a dark secret all of those people share is revealed mysteriously and one of them is found dead by poisoning on purpose. That is when they understand there is a murderer besides them and a little child's poem is hung on frames on every each of their rooms.

I don't know if I did a good job with writing the summary interesting or not; however, if you have the chance to read it I can assure you ,as someone who found books hardly interesting, the experience will be worthwhile.By the way, you can also find ''And then there were none" translated in Greek,and if that brings a little more validity to my words, Agatha Christie is one the best, if not the best, authors of detective books and that is one of her most known books.

Sunday, 21 April 2019



Computer-based exam

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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Imagining a different city

How do we see the city in which we live? What will it be like five or ten years from now? Do we dare to imagine it could be different? In short, what kind of environment do we want to live in? How should we move around the city, and how could we make it more livable?

To help you consider this important issue, here are two relevant articles:

1. The story of how Seoul, a city of almost ten million people, reinvented itself by converting a major highway into a riverside park. There were winners and losers of course, but most people now agree that this ambitious project has vastly improved the quality of life in the city centre.

2. A very recent article (in Greek!) by a scientist at the University of Crete Museum of Natural History, setting out his views on how our city could be transformed.

Having read both articles, write a blog post responding to some of the points raised in the second article (in English, of course!), and offering your own ideas on what kind of Heraklion we should be striving for.