Open Letter: Martin Dixon MP, Victorian Education Minister

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Thank you for trying to make a difference to our state education system.

May I suggest one area that is sadly lacking from any government attention or funding? No, I’m not talking about sports. Or welfare officers to make schools safer. Or applying game theory to theoretically make teachers more effective.

I’m talking about teaching creativity at all levels at all schools.

A study at the College of William and Mary found that today’s children are less creative, less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas than the children who came before them. That’s a lot of less. (The study took into account about 300,000 creativity tests administered since the 1970s. That’s a lot of data.)

What’s the explanation? Is it the renewed emphasis on rote learning to pass standardized tests? Watching more TV? Spending more time online? Nobody knows for sure, but it’s an alarming finding, considering that these kids are going to require maximum creativity to clean up the mess we’re leaving for them.

One thing we know for sure is that creativity is not taught at schools. Why the hell not? The last thing we need a bunch of suicidal automatons.

Creativity shouldn’t just be celebrated. It should be nurtured, developed and rewarded.

It should be part of the curriculum for each and every Victorian student.

In the process we can become the most creative state in Australia.

A state of creativity.

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