Monday, December 12, 2011

Schools vs Creativity

A good post on marginalrevolution about creativity:
From Creativity: Asset or Burden in the Classroom?, a good review paper. What the paper shows is that the characteristics that teachers use to describe their favorite student correlate negatively with the characteristics associated with creativity. In addition, although teachers say that they like creative students, teachers also say creative students are “sincere, responsible, good-natured and reliable.” In other words, the teachers don’t know what creative students are actually like.
Here's a creative summary of creativity killing process in education

Schools are created for puzzle-solving, i.e. learning pre-defined answers to known questions. Real-life creativity is about problem-solving, i.e. discovering new (mostly wrong) answers and new questions. 

tags: education, creativity, process, problem, puzzle

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