The Shameful Neglect of Creativity

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
The Shameful Neglect of Creativity

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America's schools as a whole do not ask students to be creative. Of course, in certain subjects—spelling and history come to mind—too much creativity would be inappropriate. However, in mathematics and science it should be an integral part of the challenge. Discussions of problems, conflicts, and issues in social studies require reasoning and call for students to come up with and justify their own viewpoint. However too often, students are simply told what to think. In the arts, one expects creativity to be an integral part of the curriculum, and sometimes it is. Like much of what goes on in American classrooms, students in the arts are handed the answers. They are given preprinted turkey outlines to color in. Too seldom are students in performing groups in dance, music, and theater asked to find ways to be more effective in their interpretation and communication, more dynamic and appropriate in their expression.

Keywords: America; schools; students; creativity; arts; curriculum; social studies; dance; music; theater

Chapter.  3709 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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