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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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WHEN? Now.

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: I feel sorry to say that teachers have not imagination enough to share with pupils.They are too busy following the schedule marked by plan, there is no place to improvise and listen what kids can say. I'm sure that we all are creative but we need some push to show it and feel free to be different.We were programmed for the Industrial revolution but that was a long time ago and we keep trying to educate kids to be just a human tool.
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      Oct 23 2011: Hi Jacinto,

      I hear the frustration in your post. I think that many teachers have imagination to share with their pupils but are unable to due to the administrative barriers you so clearly described. Too often I hear from a teacher that despite their best intentions to share and cultivate creativity and imagination in their class, they are unable to.

      One example of a teacher in a public school who has been able to share imagination and creativity in his classroom is Jared Vanscoder of the Dallas, Texas area. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few months ago and discuss the issue of promoting creativity in the classroom. Take a look at his website for his school classroom: http://www.irvingdesignstudio.net/

      Best regards,

      Peter
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        Oct 23 2011: Maybe that's what I wanted to say but my english is more limited than I thought.I
        will take a look to that link.

        Thanks !
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      Oct 23 2011: I agree a lot with your point about teachers not getting the time. I myself stopped teaching for that very reason. Cheaper education means less teachers. Less teachears means less time for the teachers that are left. Less time means we don't have the means to give students the mindshare they deserve. When I was teaching, I completely ignored my "orders" and taught the way I wanted. My kids always loved my class, and their performance in the areas that count like self esteem, integrity, self expression, flexibility, and above all creativity were excellent. I always clashed with the board though, however, I practice what I preech. I would not compromise just so they can pad their schools score in the education system. Their solution was to run me ragged and it worked, because I quit, and I only do private mentoring now.
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        Oct 23 2011: Same here, congratulations on accepting the fact that you and the traditional school system did not go well together.
        It takes a lot of courage to face risks and change!

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