53. What is creativity? How can it be taught? How is it important? And should creative, arts and performance skills be a compulsory part of the education curriculum? (proposed by Bill & Thor; discussed September 8, 2013)
Politicians and management gurus tell us endlessly that innovation is critical to national survival. Yet innovation requires creativity, and creativity needs a mindset which does not usually spring from accountants and process workers. In fact, the most dynamic part of many economies worldwide is (and always has been) found in arts, music, film, performance skills, inspired writing (imaginative or non-fiction), and fine design of all kinds. Should these activities be purely for an elite, or should they be funded and nurtured for everyone within the national education framework?
[This topic incorporates elements from Topics 24 and 32]
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An outline of points I raised on this topic can be found at http://thormay.net/unwiseideas/DiscussionTopics/Educating-for-creativity.htm
Background Reading Links
The following links are unlikely to be the best available references for this topic, but they contain enough information and ideas to form the basis for a solid discussion (as opposed to offering random unresearched opinions):
1. Educating for Creativity
a) Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!
b)How To Unlock Creativity
c) Five Principles of Creativity
d) What Is Innovation?
e) Teaching For Creativity: Two Dozen Tips
2. Music in Education
a) The Value of Music in Early Education
b) The value of music education is being questioned like never before .. http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/musicisbasic.html
c) Playing an instrument helps tune the brain
d) TEDxSydney — Richard Gill — The Value of Music Education
e) DISCUSS: The Value Of Music Education
3. Art in Education
a) Why Art Education?
b) Art Education Australia
c) AEA Response to the draft Australian Curriculum: The Arts:
d) What are the educational values associated with studying art?
e) Art education
4. Design in Education
a)The creative citizen : understanding the value of design edu
b) Big question: how much do you value a formal web design education?
c) The Educational Value of Children designing their own games
d) The Strategic Value of Design
5. Dance in Education
a) What Can Dance Teach Us about Learning?
b) Dance education
c) Why Dance?
d) Standards for Learning and Teaching Dance in the Arts: Ages 5–18
6. Drama in Education
a) Why Teach Drama? A Defense of the Craft
b) The Benefits of Using Drama in the ESL/EFL Classroom
c) Process Drama in Education
7. Writing in Education
a) Labor offers $12m lifeline to halt decline in Australian publishing
b) Why American Students Can’t Write
c) The Writing Revolution
d) Can you teach creative writing?
e) Why Digital Writing Matters in Education
f) Top Five Reasons Writing is Important for Kids
g) Lost for words
8. General Fine Arts Education
a) The Importance of Fine Arts Education
b) Arts policy: where do Labor, the Coalition and the Greens st
c) Creative Australia — Oz Govt