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What place does creativity have in education?

Almost every education related TED video available states or implies that creative thinking is at the center of the learning process and at the root of every breakthrough.
What place do we give creative thinking, free exploration, uncharted discovery in our current educational models?
Are the prevalent public education systems becoming a means to program the masses rather than a way to facilitate discovery, growth and self realization? Are students truly turned into useful citizens, or rather adults trained to respond to induced stimulus in predetermined ways, much like rats in the lab?
Are we afraid of where original thinking can bring us? Are we afraid of change? Are we afraid of losing control? How far are we ready to go to keep it? And do we really think creativity can be killed?

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We can overcome geographical, language, age and political barriers. We can make a difference. Let's take the next step. Are you in?

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    Oct 23 2011: Hey good questions. I think you are spot on actually. I think you are correct in your assumption that primary school is designed to indoctrinate everyone to have the same values (your words in a nutshell in my words). The "experts" did this shortly after ww2 in order to better insure stability within their country and help prevent any kind of civil war. That, and everyone was so spooked that the only way they could calm down is to make their lives ridgid and completely uncreative. These days however, we have the internet which eliminates the need for this. We arent likely to burn witches at the stake, or care if someone is jewish or white, or black or whatever. These days we are pretty cool with being different. The school system is pretty out dated, and we are realizing now that creativity and different thinking are, like you said, paving the way for humanity. I think the powers that be just arent sure what's gonna happen if they give everyone the same degree of mental freedom that their own kids get in their private schools, and thats probably why they arent in any hurry.
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      Oct 23 2011: Brandon,
      Thanks for sharing!

      I think your nutshell might be too small for my words... I have to say, your summary of recent history as it relates to education is a little skimpy. It overlooks a couple of significant events that still have remnants in our classrooms.
      "These days we are pretty cool with being different." I disagree. If we just take it from WW2, to follow your lead, we cannot overlook the deep impact of segregation. While a combination of social, political, and later academic action helped to even out differences, it is simplistic to say it is pretty cool today. This melting pot may be "almost" done with the n word, but Latino population is growing exponentially posing some challenges of its own, while gender and religious issues are red hot as we speak. As a teacher I can tell you nobody is yet pretty cool. Education is organic, alive and changing as much as the society it affects... we will really never be done.
      My modest opinion...

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