abate v. block v. squelch [to squelch creativity]

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hhtt

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Turkish
Situation and Context: In a primary school in the lessons the teachers do not give the student real-world examples so as to they can solve more examples. So the students thinks that these topics are useless and become bored. The exams are also very hard and students usually think that these topics will never help them after graduation from the primary school. The teachers giving the students a lot of home work so there is no time for students to have fun. An experts say this:

"Such rigid methods only serve to squelch kids' creativity.

Instead of the original, which of the following is correct and idiomoatic?

1) Such rigid methods only serve to block kids' creativity.

2) Such rigid methods only serve to abate kids' creativity.

Source: Longman and self-made

Thank you.
 
  • Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    You could possibly use "block" but "squelch" (or "crush" or "suppress") sounds better.

    "Abate" doesn't work here.
     

    hhtt

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    You could possibly use "block" but "squelch" (or "crush" or "suppress") sounds better.

    "Abate" doesn't work here.
    What do you think about "to stop creativity" for this context? Does it work

    Thank you.
     

    Barque

    Banned
    Tamil
    I suppose you could say "Such rigid methods stop children from being creative" but "serve to stop children's creativity" doesn't sound appropriate.

    Words like "squelch" and "suppress" connote the meaning of crushing or stifling something. "Stop" doesn't, not in the same way anyway.
     
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