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Lesson 1 by Mind Map: Lesson 1

1. Why Creativity Now?

1.1. Creativity is neglected and misunderstood.

1.2. Critical thinking is essential to 21st century skills

1.3. Sir Ken Robinson

1.3.1. "Collaboration, diversity, the exchange of ideas, and building on other people's achievements are at the heart of the creative process." The most original thinking comes from collaboration. The greatest scientific breakthroughs have been a result of fierce collaboration with like minds. Collaboration needs to be taught and encouraged.

1.3.2. People see creativity and critical thinking as opposing forces and creativity as something that is unstructured. Creativity is the process of having original ideas which allows for creativity in all subjects. Creativity is creating something original that has value. Creativity is looking for new ways to do things. Everyone has creative capacities. People preform better when they are in touch with what inspires them. Creativity is actually a disciplined process.

1.3.3. There is something wrong with our educational system. The dropout rate is 30%. Standardized testing is counterproductive. Standardized testing dominates our education system and stifles creative growth.

2. State of Create Study

2.1. Creativity Gap

2.1.1. Unlocking creative potential is key to economic and societal growth. Pressure to be productive rather than creative. Time and money present the biggest obstacle to creativity. People need more time for creativity. They need training and an environment that promotes creativity. 25% of time at work is spent creating.

2.1.2. Universal concern that education stifles creativity.

2.2. Findings

2.2.1. The majority of people prefer to create alone.

2.2.2. Technology allows for more creative freedom, overcoming limitations, and inspiration.

2.2.3. Creativity defines a person and enables that person to make a difference in other people's lives. Creativity is shared.

2.3. Only 1 in 4 people feel they are living up to their creative potential.

2.4. America and creativity

2.4.1. 50% of Americans describe themselves as being creative.

2.4.2. Americans feel strongest about this and believe they are the most creative globaly.

3. Interviews

3.1. Nicki Poole

3.1.1. "Let's say there is a pool of knowledge. A large part of education is taking from that pool of knowledge: learning facts, remembering dates, utilizing formulas, etc. This is the period side of education. The other side of education is adding to that pool of knowledge. The question side. This is where creativity comes into play. You can build upon known methods, facts, and procedures with original ideas or theories. Learning is pulling from the pool of knowledge. Creativity is a way you can add to the pool of knowledge so that others can pull from it later."

3.2. Ashley Watson

3.2.1. "Creativity is thinking outside the box, your own thoughts, creations or ideas. It's important in education for problem solving, advancing technology and science, understanding and creating literature, and art."

3.3. Jennifer Hooks

3.3.1. "Each individual has their own form of creativity within them, but it is up to that person as to how they choose to use it. Creativity is a form of expression, whether it is through music, art, dance, writing, etc. It also includes those areas one may not think needs creativity, but without it we would not have things like indoor plumbing, electricity, advancements in the medical field, etc. You name an invention, and creativity has touched it. It is the ability to think outside the box and find a solution when no one else can see one."

3.4. Candis Carter

3.4.1. "I think Creativity brings individuality and a way for others to see things from a different perspective. in education, creativity allows others to understand a concept they may have not considered before, kind of like explaining something in a different way."