The accepted definition of creativity is production of something original and useful, and that is what is reflected in the tests. There is never one right answer. To be creative requires divergent thinking (generating many unique ideas) and then convergent thinking (combining those unique ideas into the best of results). The National Education Association says the “Four Cs” – creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are the most important skills for the 21st century learning. Are students encountering creativity crises with their kind of education system? Are the students learning the “Four Cs” for real? NO.
After being part of many “listening tours” with international educators and after a lot research work, I’ve been quite scandalized to learn that at all levels there’s very little room for creativity in higher education even today. This is a problem here now. We need our scholars to unleash their creative and innovative minds on such factual and convoluted problems. We’ve to initially start somewhere to purge this issue, to bring about a change
and enhance the idea of creativity.
Firstly, the tiny tots, or for that matter even the teenagers, assume and imagine that creativity is a special experience reserved only for artists and designers. But, creativity is solving problems in a new way within the confines of meaningful limitations. The more complex the problem or set of problems, the greater the need for creativity. If a creative solution has a broad use, it may be referred to as an innovative solution or an innovation. We need to understand that, “to live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Secondly, within the culture of higher education, there is a pervasive belief that every new thing must be measurably successful in the first time. Yet inventors, entrepreneurs, web programmers, artists, activists, and other creative leaders know that this expectation is not only absurd, it is also alarming. New possibilities and life-altering innovations cannot emerge in an environment of total perfection. Creativity requires vulnerability to try new and untested solutions, “play with possibility,” and fail small to avoid failing big. Creativity is intelligence, having fun.
Lastly, the reason why creativity has declined is because, we spend plenty of our leisure time sitting on our mobile phones or laptops doing counterproductive things. If creativity flourishes with sensory experience, spontaneity, human encounters, gratitude, debate, personal reflection, and new ideas, how can we possibly expect to juice up our creativity by looking at e-mail and spreadsheets all day long? We must cultivate our creative energy intentionally and view creativity as a muscle to be exercised. Prioritize time every week to unplug; read from diverse sources; get outside; get into a room with a whiteboard and colleagues; ask good questions; listen with new intent. It’s time to reclaim our creative practice as international educators. It’s time to create a vision that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. Creativity is not a competition, it’s an art within yourself you need to research.
You have the potential to make things beautiful in your way, YES YOU. Thanks for reading,. hope you enjoyed it. If you want me to blog something in particular, kindly leave it below in the comment box.
– Batul unwalla