2. it is sometimes said, make their mark without special help and may even gain strength from educational failure. For both reasons it is assumed that there is limited scope and little point in trying to educate for creativity. Obviously, there are people with exceptional creative gifts. The Ĺ˝lite conception of creativity is important because it focuses attention on creative achievements which are of historic originality, which push back the frontiers of human knowledge and understanding. These achievements constitute the highest levels of creativity. Education must certainly nurture young people who are capable of such achievements. But there are other considerations.
Democratic Definition 27.
In our view, all people are capable of creative achievement in some area of activity, provided the conditions are right and they have acquired the relevant knowledge and skills. Moreover, a democratic society should provide opportunities for everyone to succeed according to their own strengths and abilities. Meeting the various challenges we have described, economic, technological, social, and personal, involves realising the capacities of all young people, and not only those with obviously exceptional ability. There is no doubt that some highly creative individuals do thrive in adversity Ă‘ we have such people on this committee. But others do not. There is no way of knowing the current scale of frustration or waste of creative capacities in our schools. In our view:
Published on Mar 30, 2012
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