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2. Goleman, and many before him, points to the changes and the problems that can follow from difficulties in understanding and expressing our emotions. The recent report by the Mental Health Foundation (see paragraph 16) confirms these concerns. There are many ways in schools of enabling young people to discuss and express their feelings and emotions. Among the most important are the arts.

Problem-Solving 42.

Problem-solving is now a key skill in education. Developing young peopleÕs abilities to solve problems is fundamental to preparing them for an independent life. Creative education can contribute directly to problem-solving abilities in all disciplines and fields of work. But creativity and problemsolving are not the same thing. Not all problems call for creative solutions or original thinking. Some can be solved routinely and logically. And not all creative thinking is directed to solving problems, in the conventional sense. Composing poetry, painting pictures or ÔplayingÕ with abstract ideas in science or mathematics are not always problem-solving as normally understood. The value of creative thinkers is not only that they solve problems we know we have, but that they find problems we hadnÕt imagined and lead us on to new horizons. More opportunities should be given to young people to sense and define problems for themselves, as well as identifying solutions to given problems. More opportunities should be given to the generation of ideas; looking at the world in different ways and playing with different possibilities and alternative solutions. Familiarity with a wide range of problem-solving activities can lead to greater competence in seeing underlying patterns and analogies.

Whether you think you can, or whether you think you canÕt, youÕre probably right. Henry Ford

Creativity and Intelligence 43.

Creativity is a basic capacity of human intelligence. Human intelligence is not only creative, but diverse and multifaceted. It is for this reason that we argue that all young people have creative capacities and they all have them differently.

The Variety of Intelligence 44.

A key characteristic of human intelligence is our capacity for representing experience in various ways. This capacity is

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