A government-sanctioned organization wants to see creativity added to the list of skills taught in school, says this Associated Press article. According to Eric Lui, the founder of Creativity Matters, good teachers encourage students to tap into their imaginations when approaching problems, and that teaching style should be given more emphasis. Asking kids to think in creative ways may even help boost their resumes, the article suggests, citing Boeing Co., as an employer that lists creativity and imagination in its job requirements.
Pure creativity might be difficult to teach, but thinking outside the box and generating new ideas seem like valuable skills to learn. Also, asking kids to use their imaginations in class may keep them more actively engaged in lessons, as opposed to lecture- or memorization-based learning.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.