Today’s schools lack creative teaching and learning, study says

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
July 2nd, 2013

Lack of creativity in schools puts students at a disadvantage, a report says.

A new survey reveals that creative teaching and innovative learning are stifled by an over-reliance on testing and assessment, forcing teachers to stay inside a restrictive curriculum that will limit students’ ability to excel in the future workforce.

The study, sponsored by Adobe, states that “transformative change” is needed to inject a creative boost into the current education system, and that despite a worldwide demand for creativity and creative thinking, today’s students are not prepared to enter a workplace that requires inventive thinking.

“Currently, as students move from K-5 to grades 6-12 and on to higher education, creativity is increasingly treated as a specialized skill,” said Tacy Trowbridge, worldwide manager of education programs at Adobe. ”Educators and parents see that the demand for creativity and creative thinking is growing – to solve complex problems and to drive future economies – yet students are less prepared to lead the innovation of tomorrow.”

(Next page: Statistics from parents and educators)

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2 Responses to “Today’s schools lack creative teaching and learning, study says”

July 2, 2013

I’ve always considered teaching a creative act, more art than science, but that’s because at my core, it’s who I am. I’ve been fortunate to teach in an upper-middle class district that doesn’t have to worry so much about test scores. Many teachers, unfortunately, do have to worry about test preparation. For them, teaching creatively or teaching for creativity is a luxury. Also, creativity is a disposition. Can it really be taught? I have my doubts.