The absence of creativity from school curriculum’s may be the downfall of our current education system. Creativity must be embedded into school curriculum’s across the country because of the benefit it has in each educational setting. Many educators not only believe in creativity as a focal point in school curriculum personally, but professionally as well. In today’s schools, there is such an evident absence of creativity in the classroom. Dewey’s Ideology of Progressivism may have been our closest and most accurate look into the benefits and understandings of creativity being embedded into the classroom.
Celebrating creativity allows students and societies to move forward and allows individuals to produce new thoughts, ideas and solutions – one of the main purposes of school curriculum. Without creativity we lose thinkers, explorers, problem-solvers, scientists, biologists, doctors, teachers, etc., that are so valuable to our society. Creativity takes our world to new heights, and too often we have brushed creativity aside because of state testing mandates and the No Child Left Behind initiatives.
State mandates, common core standards and assessments are important in any school curriculum, but school curriculum should never be one fixed ideology or theory. Consistently embedding creativity in the classroom and recognizing that there are multiple ways to do/achieve things forces us to see that we should not just associate with one specific philosophy. Above all else, the idea of creativity in the classroom is more of a belief. There is such an unbelievably strong emphasis on scores and testing that schools lose sight of the process or the multiple ways to achieve a product/solution at times. Dewey believed so strongly in the idea that intelligence is not one fixed entity, rather intelligence is something that is fostered and grows. Schools today allow themselves to get fixed on one curriculum and never allow for creative growth among students. Dewey also believed that intelligence was an active process rather than a fixed entity. It is with this idea that educational philosophies should rely on the idea that creativity, coupled with problem solving and decision-making skills, needs to become even more embedded into current curricular agendas.
A reason education becomes stagnant is because curricular agendas simply do not account for, or allow, students to have time to dream, explore, imagine, and create. Without time set aside for students to explore new realms in the classroom, our curriculums are simply fixed and do not grow, as Dewey suggests. Creativity allows students to pursue not only new knowledge, but also new ideas and beliefs/opinions on topics. Simply put, without creativity we create robots and memorization skills. School curriculums should not be one fixed entity but a combination of many. By allowing creativity and differences to be mixed into our curriculums, we allow students to engage in a higher order of thinking and provide them with positive opportunities/experiences to be future leaders.