“Creativity” is about as complicated a word as “art.” They mean different things to every person. For this blog post, I want to use my personal definition of what creativity is to me, and where it’s gone in America (I don’t know about everyone else, but I think it’s hiding somewhere.).
For me, creativity is when a person uses his/her imagination to create a new idea. This can be done by mimicking other ideas, but the key thing is that there must be something new added to the idea when someone mimicks an idea that already exists. How can we be creative according to this definition? Various forms of art (also a more specific description of creating a new idea using your imagination) come to mind (but are not limited to):
1. Art (general)–Examples in this group include traditional ideas of art: painting, drawing, sculpting.
2. Writing–Many genres of writing exist, and examples include: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and screenwriting.
3. Music–Singing, playing instruments
5. Design–Examples include: furniture design, architecture, interior design.
Over the years, Americans have seen vast changes in the public education system. Education is a process that is changing continuously nationwide. This isn’t necessarily a negative thing; some changes can have a positive impact on students. But for me, the question is whether or not we think these changes will benefit or hinder students.
While I do have an opinion about that, that is for another post. What I want to ask of readers is, according to my definition of creativity, do you think it exists in the American educational system today? This answer can be based on any life experiences you have, things you may have seen in school settings, or day-to-day interactions with students. Also, do you feel that creativity is something that is taught as a significant value of our educational system?
Comment with your answers. 🙂