The Progressive Myth of Creativity

Creativity has been a big theme in progressive education for more than 75 years: We are constantly lectured that kids need music, art, theater, etc. This theme is now metastasizing into an oppressive dogma. But, why? Ken Robinson, the guru of creativity, is famous for saying  "We are educating people out of their creative capacities." The premise seems to be: if kids do arty things, they will end up being artists. Empirically untrue. Conversely, Robinson says that if children do something rigorous and academic, they will be prevented from being creative. Dangerously untrue. Rearranging knowledge in new ways is arguably the very essence of creativity  It follows that the systematic acquisition of knowledge is one of the best things you can do if you want to be creative.  Furthermore, there are habits of mind or consciousness that can be developed only through practice and discipline. It's always been understood that students learn by...(Read Full Article)

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