What is creativity? Why is it so important? Can you actually learn to be creative?
Literacy and numeracy, ‘Back to Basics’ gets all the attention, and whilst nobody will argue the importance of having good literacy and numeracy skills, imagine an education that has only literacy and numeracy as its ultimate goal. What a soulless and boring school experience.
What young people need today is a much broader range of skills so they can be successful, not just in school, but in all facets of their lives. Skills like collaboration, critical thinking, ethical thinking, research and practical skills.
Creativity is often the pinnacle and focal point of these skills. As any artist knows, if you are creative and producing creative work, you are an expert at these other skills. Creativity is hard work and takes a huge amount of effort and time. Creativity means you have spent hours researching, gathering inspiration and collaborating with others. Can you learn this? Of course, it is a skill that refines with dedication and practice.