The Creative Habit

February 21, 2006 1 min read

Creativity is a habit, argues Robert Sternberg in this Education Week Commentary. But with the help of today’s version of accountability and standardized testing, he says schools are increasingly treating it as a bad habit.

Without creativity, students are not prepared to solve diverse and unexpected real-world problems, Sternberg argues. While it should be promoting critical thinking, he claims the accountability movement is discouraging creativity.

Do standardized tests stifle the creative habit? Does the accountability movement discourage creative thinking?

A version of this news article first appeared in the TalkBack blog.