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ABIODUN OLORUNTOBA: THE ROLE OF SOCIETY IN INSPIRING CURIOUSITY AND CREATIVITY IN STUDENTS.

I hope you won’t argue that the society you and I live in is one which is undeniably and undoubtedly bereft of the number of essential resources necessary in inspiring curiosity and creativity in students.
If the question is posed, “Who /What is the society?” No doubt of answers like: “A group of people involved in social interaction sharing the same social territory”. Or it could be worse, simply : “The people in a community constitute a society.”
The society is a body of beings that do exist but I beg to differ that the society is, in fact, also made up of a body of ‘fat eating, stomach growing, crossed legged’ individuals that once in a while gather in a white house or someplace else to discuss matter of ‘significant’ importance to the Nation; that the society in fact are the leaders who scurry like rats to seek the refuge and benefits of a rival country; who live in the paradox of a better society and do not see the need for the improvement of theirs; who luxuriate off the sweat of the citizens and in their asinine bigoted nimby, see no wrong in their actions. They are a paragon of whom George Orwell referred to no subtly in his book “1984” as the “double thinkers.”
A dictionary proceeded and defined the society as “A formal association of people with similar interests.” But I’m afraid to say this definition no longer holds for the society in which I live, de facto, what the present society lacks is quite this ‘similar interests’ emphasized above. If I were to go controversial I would say boldly that the society is a fool but I will not go controversial so I being more euphemistic will say our society is ‘not’ one that lacks a brain, but one that prefers to think with its skulls instead. The three main parts of a functioning and balanced society are:
1. The social beings in an environment
2. The government official and,
3. The environs itself.
While I may not have the resources nor the required influence and affluence to induce a significant change in the Society, If my society has failed to remember its roles and choose to slumber away instead, I will do my duty by rousing them and hammering straight their duty upon them, once again.
You will agree with me that it is hardly possible and outrightly impossible for a student to be creative in a society that in itself lacks creativity and curiosity. Let us start from the general infrastructure and something as menial as the road. Well, not so menial depending on how you see it.
I am in a car on a road with a countless number of potholes, it should suffice that the only curiosity aroused is, ‘why so many potholes?’; even the rhythmic banging of bumper against bumper no doubt eliminate any other forms of curiosity. Imagine a society with perfect roads and good air without hanging dust. With neon signs flashing somewhere in the corner and a very tall mast garnished with wires cajoling each other and another mast of great height; with perfect architectural design of houses arranged in the left and right angles of a well planned town; with the traffic light somehow magically controlling thirties of cars without so much as a word. Imagine an electric billboard somewhere up ahead displaying proudly a new scientific discovery by the very scientists of Nigeria. I tell you beauty in itself inspires curiosity, curiosity of how it came to be, of the creativeness of the makers. But tell me how to be curious in a street littered with banana peels and empty sachet of pure water and flies dancing somewhere off feasting together on a dead rat. Tell me how to be creative in a street of untarred roads having billions of dust particles in the air.
The first and foremost step to take in inspiring the student is to create a better society out of this pollock of fatuous nonsense. While it is not all the Society that is ugly, most of the societies in Nigeria are far from beautiful and begs for attention.There is no one man that can take up the responsibility of beautifying the Society, it is a job that can only be carried out and completed by the unification of the societal people and the high officials, the government. Only ‘same interest’ can foster and build a beauty-full society. After a scenic society we can now sit back and watch the wonder of beauty perform it magic on the student. We can then watch the spark of curiosity lit in the heart of the pupils.
“The great engine that drives innovation and invention in society comes from people whose flame of creativity was kept alive in childhood. Research shows that, if not nurtured, creativity takes a nosedive by fourth grade. Young children who were awesome artists in preschool no longer color the sky orange and pink just because they love the glowing colors,” says Alice Sterling Honig, PhD, of Syracuse University. This is where we take the growth of creativity and curiosity into the classroom. The classroom is by far one of the most important element in this subject after a conducive and clean environment of course. The major part of the task is left to the members of the Society that have devoted themselves to nurture the students. The teachers.
Teachers tend to train student in a way that make them dogmatic, spitting out what was taught them the ways it was, unrefined and still crude. It’s more like feeding a computer with data and getting data back, but is it the right thing to do? Students are expected to be creative when they were not taught how to be creative. Creativity is not solely a natural skill, it can be taught and developed. What then are the things the educators can do to promote creativity.
-We have to learn to embrace creativity as a part of learning.
– We have to think of creativity as a skill.
– Make student participate in program that develops creative skills,
– Encourage curiosity in students.
While the steps in building a creative and curious mind cannot be exhausted, it stands that we must first recognize what needs to be done before steps can be taken
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