September 30, 2006

"Creativity 'boosts pupils' work"says UK's Ofsted

So says this BBC article. Sounds interesting, but I have a couple of questions:
  1. Was it working with creative people that made the pupils punctual and better behaved? Or was it just the fact that they were doing something they enjoyed doing? Or was it the fact that they were responsible for something they enjoyed doing? Or combination?
  2. The challenge now was to get them to apply these skills independently.
  3. To get them to apply them? Why get them to do this? Did the students develop these skills because that was the purpose of the program, an explicit goal? Or did they develop these skills because of the environment they were in and the responsibility and pleasure they (presumably) felt in working? If the latter, then the way to get them to apply their skills is simple: offer them opportunities for similar work in similar circumstances.

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