Creativity is a key element of the 21st century learning.There has been a long standing debate around this issue. Educators seem to be divided as to how to tackle creativity in schools and curricula. Some still think that creative minds are born creative and school does not have a lot to do but sharpening this talent and institutionalising it in standard patterns. Supporters of this claim also believe in the role of schooling as the only possible venue of education for students where they can learn pre defined skills that will help them in getting the job their parents wanted for them. The other clan, on the other hand, supports the idea that all kids are endowed with creative powers and only the way these kids are educated counts for the level of creativity they will get. These same people believe that today`s school system is not fostering creativity be it in the kind of materials and textbooks provided for students during their scholarly journey or in the way instruction is performed in the classrooms which does not live up to the need of students.
It is very hard to imagine what kind of learning will take place in a classroom full of 21st century students who are digitally focused and a teacher who still teaches traditionally and expects all his/her students to memorize and regurgitate back the information he has provided for them. This yawning divide can be very hurtful to education and is the primary killer of creativity in our schools.
I have watched a great video on creativity in TED in which ``Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.``