One of the most significant trends in today’s schools is the encouragement of creativity.
Human advancement comes through original thought and invention. To encourage original thought and invention is the great role of creative education. To this end, the modern school awakens and develops whatever is unique and distinctive in every individual child, irrespective of psychological, physical or social differences.
Difference or uniqueness is being cherished rather than lamented. Emphasis is laid on differences rather than on sameness, more on originality, inventiveness than on something old. A way of excellence is encouraged in all endeavours whether of intellectual aesthetic or moral import.
Creative education becomes key to the greatness of effort. The children are not made to fit into a set of educational mold now. In the new school, there is much individual instruction, individual initiative and self-education. Creativity is fostered through the organization of the entire school program in general and through creative expression in the arts in particular.
Children are helped to set their own goals, plan their own activities, work in groups in which opinions can be shared. Children have the liberty to experiment, that is, the opportunity to find new ways of handling material and freedom to express their own unique personalities. Experience is enriched by expression, the expressive phase of activity give meaning to experience.
Creativity serves to quicken perception, strengthen emotion, and unify interests. Imagination is allowed to have full play. Pupils are encouraged to find relationship among facts, discover the similarities and differences among things in the universe, test hypothesis already formulated and solve problems keeping alive the spirit of adventure in learning.
Many schools encourage creative expression through the arts, creative writing, painting, music, crafts, rhythmic activity, and dramatics. A wide variety of expressive materials is made readily available and a warm friendly atmosphere is provided so that creative expression may flow best.
One of the most encouraging improvements in today’s schools is the attempt to meet individual differences among children in satisfying ways. Those individual differences include variation in special interests and talents, physical and mental ability, emotional needs, readiness for learning and subject matter achievement. The teacher plans the program so that children will succeed in the quest for desirable interests and receive recognition for achievement.
The teacher also helps to satisfy the child’s need for affection by a sincere, consistent and impartial friendliness. The teacher in the new school tries to make every child worthy in such accomplishments as are suited to his abilities. No child is made to feel inferior or falsely superior to another.
In evaluation, he gives more praise than blame. He guilds children towards responsible self-discipline by having them set even higher goals than they can achieve. To meet individual differences in mental ability, experiments in special schools, enriched programs are being tried to enable the children to achieve according to their own potential. To meet the child’s varying subject needs, the schools are trying homogeneous grouping according to subject matter. Under this plan, children are more creative in learning process.
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