Ask Reading Kingdom: Can creativity be taught?

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Julia (Educator) Asks:

Can creativity be taught?

Dr. Marion Blank (Reading Kingdom Founder) answers:

This is a huge topic that lacks a simple answer. However, one key idea is to recognize the importance of skill in creativity. Often we tend to think of creativity as something that a person is born with and which simply appears on its own. Rarely, if ever, is that the case. In the words of Thomas Edison, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” In other words, the teaching of solid skills is invaluable and essential if any potential creativity is going to emerge.

Fortunately, we do have the power to teach effectively through well-designed curricula. Unfortunately, precious little effort is currently being put into the creation of solid curricula. Increasingly, we tend to place our faith in the delivery system of whatever content is being taught (i.e., the magnetic appeal of high tech devices such as the iPad) and not in the content those devices are delivering. Admittedly, children love using those devices—but if the content is not well-designed, the high tech age will bring no greater effectiveness in learning. Should that continue to be the case, then not only creativity, but all mastery will feel the effects.

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