Consequences Of Creativity In Education
Particularly in education, the current emphasis has been placed on standards, curriculum proficiencies, and accountability, while creativity as a learning outcome has not been emphasized, particularly in the post No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era (Robinson, 2011). Yet there are several ways in which the dismissal of creativity as a learning outcome puts our society at a distinct disadvantage.
First, the misconception that creativity is innate and reserved for the select few has marginalized an important educational competency which can be accessible to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender (Kaufman, 2015). Rather than requiring high intelligence or elite academic discipline, creative potential seems to require exposure to “a) diversifying experiences that help weaken the constraints imposed by conventional socialization and b) challenging experiences that help strengthen a person’s capacity to persevere in the face of obstacles” (Simonton, 2000, p. 153). Such requirements highlight the role that education can have in promoting creativity for