The most valuable commodity in the 21st century.

There is an ongoing debate over the value of an increased emphasis on higher test scores in schools. While not necessarily mutually exclusive, the question may be, “Are we after higher test scores or do we seek to produce a population that can sustain a prosperous nation–life, liberty and pursuit of happiness?”

I’m not suggesting that higher test scores are the antithesis of productivity. Rather, I’m suggesting that we are likely overlooking a key component–CREATIVITY. In fact, you may be interested to know that Asian countries are making a concerted effort to “Teach Creativity” as they believe it is the single most important skill for the 21st century.

Richard Florida, the author of “The Rise of the Creative Class,” purports…

“…to stay a world-class economy will require the country to draw on a different set of skills. In the future, it will be the ability to create – as distinct from the ability to produce – that will foster innovation, and with it, sustainable economic growth.’

I highly encourage you to take 10 minutes of your life and watch this entertaining and informative video from Sir Ken Robinson. He makes a compelling case for the need to foster and not squelch creativity in schools.

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About Deb

I am a lifelong educator with experience in special education, counseling and staff development. Special interests outside of my chosen career field include entrepreneurship, investing and financial literacy.
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1 Response to The most valuable commodity in the 21st century.

  1. Pingback: Creativity–Chapter 2 « Because Our Future Depends On It

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