Creativity In Schools

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Caroline Sigmon We have, as a culture, been developing into a situation deemed the Creativity Crisis. In recent years, research had shown that American creativity is declining. Reviewing this research, one must wonder, first, what is causing creativity in America to decline, and, second, what can we, as a country, and I, as an individual, do to fix this arising situation. Creativity is the ability to see something in a new way, to see and solve problems no one else may know exists, and to engage in mental and physical experiences that are new, unique, or different. The ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. It is a critical aspect of a person’s life from toddler to adult. In school, creative students tend to have above-average scores on IQ tests and come from better environments. They are more spontaneous and impulsive than others. Many creative individuals are naturally unafraid of experimenting with new things; furthermore, creative people are often less susceptible to peer pressure, perhaps because they also tend to be self-reliant and unafraid to voice their true feelings even if those go against conventional wisdom. After finishing their education creative people lead richer lives and, in the longer term, make a valuable contribution to society. Surely those reasons are enough to bother for. What is ‘necessary’ for students to learn was determined for us starting in preschool and onward. In elementary school, we spend our time learning the three basics: reading, writing, and mathematics. In later years, we add in science and social studies and of course we have our required physical education. Teachers are given a specific curriculum to follow and

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