Creativity in the Classroom: Everyone Agrees that We Need More

A new study from Adobe, on the importance of teaching creative problem solving skills, found that educators and policymakers agree that we need to weave creativity throughout the school day, in all subjects.

The study surveyed 2,000 teachers a policymakers from the U.K., Japan, Germany, and the U.S. They all say that creative problem solving is a critical skill, especially because of future workforce needs and careers, and they say what schools need to do to better nurture schools for creativity.

  • 97% of educators say that creative problem solving is important for students to learn
  • 74% of educators, and 76% of policymakers, believe that jobs that require creativity are less likely to be impacted by automation
  • 86% of educators say that students with high creativity skills will have access to higher-earning jobs
  • 69% of educators say that classroom curricula don’t do enough to teach and foster creativity
  • 80% of educators and 67% of policymakers believe that creative problem solving should be integrated into all courses.

The study hasn’t been published yet; keep checking my blog and I’ll let you know more details once the full study is available.

4 thoughts on “Creativity in the Classroom: Everyone Agrees that We Need More

  1. What a shame that this is not being addressed here in the UK. Teaching kids the basic skills of researching and creative problem solving should run through every subject they study.

    This will only contribute to the growing skills gap British employers are experiencing and slow our development as a source of innovation.

    1. The UK has done better than most countries…for example, adding creativity to the National Curriculum over ten years ago. But I don’t know how successful that effort has been at accomplishing real change. It’s very hard to teach for creativity! Even when teachers and schools very much want it, and are doing their best. I’m just now starting to write a book about the challenges schools face, and ways to overcome them so that schools and teaching can be redesigned to lead to creative learning outcomes.

  2. “We reap what we sow”. In this time of ever-increasing rate of complex, disorienting and unpredictable changes, it is necessary to learn flexible and adaptable out-of-the-box(into new boxes) thinking along with open-mindedness to navigate the new world to survive and thrive. The educational system must embrace and nurture the development of creative problem-solving across the curriculum from early childhood onward. The old ways of thinking, feeling and doing are becoming obsolete and dysfunctional contributing to stress, frustrations, unproductivity and mental health issues with its socio-economic consequences, among many others.

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