|According to a recent IBM poll, 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency of the future.” Unfortunately, research from the College of William and Mary® documents a continuous decline in creativity among American schoolchildren over the last two or three decades. According to the study, scores on these tests at all grade levels began to decline somewhere between 1984 and 1990 and have continued to decline ever since.There is strong evidence that creativity is the missing piece within curriculum and that it ought to have a renewed focus. You can help boost creativity-related educational opportunities in your schools. But in order to gain parent and taxpayer support, you’ll likely need to build a case for creativity first. The trick is to help them understand the value of creativity in addition to traditional concentrations like math, science, reading and writing.|
Creativity is critical
Bring creativity to your school
Who would have thought one young boy in Los Angeles would have inspired a filmmaker and a world of teachers and students? All it took was an idea.
Make creativity the key
Begin a dialogue within your community about the benefits that come with creativity. Remind parents and other stakeholders that it encourages unique approaches to problem-solving. If you need a jump start, consider working with a nonprofit organization like Destination Imagination or Odyssey of the Mind, which are dedicated to teaching students the creative process through problem-solving challenges. They’re both great resources for school or district-wide meetings so parents can draw their own conclusions about the value of creativity in the classroom.
Only after you’ve built a solid consensus is it safe to start planning an event that reinforces creativity.
Creativity doesn’t have to be the missing piece; make creativity the key instead and let the future of our tomorrow be filled with those leaders we will need.
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