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Importance of creativity

https://creativityworkshop.com/what-is-creativity.html

When we are doing something creatively what is actually active in our brain? Researchers Siyuan Liu
and Allen Braun did research on this topic by tracking the brain activity of freestyle rappers.

It turns out that the parts of the brain that we use in ‘business as usual’ thinking are totally switched off
when we are being creative, whereas other parts of our mind that we do not use everyday are quite
active.

The medial prefrontal cortex showed increased activity during improvisation and lower activity in the
dorsolateral prefrontal cortex.

Braun found that during creative expression, ‘executive functions’ take a back seat and more
uncensored processes and de-focused attention happen.

Creativity in education

The world is changing so rapidly now that just learning a specific skill set and following it exactly won’t
get us very far. What prepares students for life beyond the classroom is learning how to be more
creative, which includes flexibility in perception and execution of tasks.

Schools have started acknowledging the importance of creativity in classrooms. Courses in creativity are
now provided by academia because it is now common knowledge that only creativity can help students
succeed in the 21st century.

Creativity is no longer relegated in the classroom to subjects like English, art, or music. Teachers and
professors are beginning to emphasize creativity in the sciences, as well.

Why we need creative educators

Sir Ken Robinson, an international advisor on education, once interviewed Hans Zimmer, the Oscar
winning German composer. Zimmer apparently was an unruly child at school. He was thrown out from 8
schools.

When his parents took him to the ninth, the head teacher figured out how to get Zimmer involved in
education just by talking to him. The head teacher organized for him to study music because Zimmer
said he liked music. This led to his successful career.

Not just Zimmer’s music but the teacher and her teaching method are also creative. This again is proof
of the importance of creativity in educators. Zimmer was lucky as the head teacher was creative in her
teaching methods.

But in today’s greatly synchronized teaching environment there is little scope for creativity.
During a recent experiment, a creative writing task was given to science and arts students. To
everyone’s surprise, the science students performed much better than arts students. The experiment
showed the value of creative thought for scientists in the workplace. What makes their organizations
excel is the creativity and innovation of these scientists.

Creativity in all of its forms should be embraced by educators if they want to nurture happy, well
balanced students. The right kind of thinkers for future generations can be cultivated only through
this method.

“The principle goal of education should be to create people who are capable of doing new things, not
simply of repeating what other generations have done-men who are creative, inventive, and
discoverers.” – Jean Piaget

Help students embrace this creativity is what educators should aim for. Let students give wings to the
imagination without the fear of failure.

“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” – Albert
Einstein

Teachers should become creative themselves if they want to instill creativity in their students, schools,
and fellow educators.

https://tscpl.org/art/why-is-creativity-important-in-everyday-life

Why is creativity important in everyday life?

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Betsy Roe

Why is creativity important in everyday life? It is because it makes life infinitely interesting and fulfilling.
Creativity is a way of living life that embraces originality and makes unique connections between
seemingly disparate ideas. Creativity is about living life as a journey into seeing and communicating the
extra-ordinariness of the simplest, most every day acts.

Teacher and student

We often think about creativity as making something, but in fact the root meaning of the word means
‘to grow’. When we are creative we feel as if the world and all that is in it is vibrantly alive. Creativity’s
by-products are some of the major achievements of civilization–from the invention of the wheel to
Mozart’s sonatas.

Perspective – drawing and painting

Human beings are essentially born creative–from infancy on we find innovative ways to negotiate life.
The most creative people find ways around obstacles because they see them not just as roadblocks but
also as opportunities. Creativity expands our perceptions and along with expanded perceptions come
new ways of problem solving–from making an exquisite meal when you don’t know how to cook to
painting an extraordinary landscape when you are living in a freezing attic and can’t afford a full box of
paints.

https://www.elitedaily.com/money/entrepreneurship/creativity-important-quality

Why Creativity Is The Most Important Quality You Have

BY ELITE DAILY STAFF

JAN 9, 2013

Creativity is something that many look beyond and don't even think of as something of importance in
the world of business, or in the nature of the success you build for yourself. Creativity is one of the
greatest qualities any of us can be blessed with, yet many never allow their true creativity to be
expressed.

Our society doesn't approve of creativity, nor does it ever encourage it. Why? Because it never wants
people to think for themselves or create their own paths in life. Think back from the point you were a
child to the point you are an adult- you are always told what to do by society and that you have to do it.

School actually limits our creativity more than anything else because it is so egregious and is solely
focused on how well you can cram and memorize things you will forget right after the fact, which is why
we all hate it.

"Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."-Pablo Picasso