Compliance vs Initiative…

When she was a young child,  my daughter was once asked to leave a pottery class.  This was because when the teacher insisted every child make the same object, she usually had her own ideas for what she wanted to create.  Expelled from an art class for non compliance.  For creativity…

This is the entire post from Seth Godin’s blog, the other day..

“Compliance is simple to measure, simple to test for and simple to teach. Punish non-compliance, reward obedience and repeat.

Initiative is very difficult to teach to 28 students in a quiet classroom. It’s difficult to brag about in a school board meeting. And it’s a huge pain in the neck to do reliably.

Schools like teaching compliance. They’re pretty good at it.

To top it off, until recently the customers of a school or training program (the companies that hire workers) were buying compliance by the bushel. Initiative was a red flag, not an asset.

Of course, now that’s all changed. The economy has rewritten the rules, and smart organizations seek out intelligent problem solvers. Everything is different now. Except the part about how much easier it is to teach compliance.”

Food for thought.  As a teacher, do you teach compliance? Punish non-compliance? Reward obedience?  Do you value initiative? Creativity? Problem solving?  Even if it comes with non-compliance?  Do you think schools have changed with the times?  Is compliance still valued above initiative in some classrooms?