Creative studies programs have been around since the 1960s, but as education and business leaders put more emphasis on creativity as a core academic skill, the discipline is growing. In a New York Times article, Laura Pappano explores the curriculum and ethos of teaching something as individualistic as creativity. Starting with the premise that everyone has good ideas, how can universities challenge students to grow creatively?

Creativity Becomes an Academic DisciplineIT BOTHERS MATTHEW LAHUE and it surely bothers you: enter a public restroom and the stall lock is broken. Fortunately, Mr. Lahue has a solution. It’s called the Bathroom Bodyguard. Standing before his Buffalo State College classmates and professor, Cyndi Burnett, Mr. Lahue displayed a device he concocted from a large washer, metal ring, wall hook, rubber bands and Lincoln Log.

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  • Gina Phillips

    Good Day!

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am working toward my masters in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). I am currently in Dr. John Strange’s EDM 510 class.

    I found this post most interesting. My undergrad is in Secondary Ed/Language Arts and I failed a lot with some of my classes. Mind you – I never failed in grading (I graduated Magna Cum Laude) – but I often found myself failing to comprehend what was expected of me exactly. I struggled through many papers, lectures and discussions. I always felt that I didn’t quite measure up to the expectations of my professors. That all changed during a discussion on Hemingway. I made what I considered a lackluster attempt in discussing “The Old Man and the Sea”. The professor stopped and just stared. He asked me to repeat what I said (for the life of me I can’t remember what was so important!) so I repeated it. After class he asked me where I got that idea. I told him that it just came to me (which it did!). He told me to stop holding back. Apparently my “lackluster” attempt at discussion allowed for more people to talk. At the end of the semester he told me I had a way of putting the difficult to understand into “layman” terms. (Is that a compliment?)

    I stated the above to say that real learning (in my case how to disseminate difficult text) often comes from failing. I have failed at many things in my life and I have always managed to better myself.

    I really enjoyed the article. My daddy always says necessity is the root of invention. All invention is creativity!

    Thanks! I should be following this blog for the rest of the semester. I am looking forward to it!

    Should you wish to chat or check out my EDM blog you can contact me in the following ways:


    Twitter: @DixeGirl

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    Thanks so much!


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  • Madison Johnson

    Creativity is an important skill, but I don’t believe it could be learned. After all, being creative is a matter of talent, or a gift. I don’t think anybody could be creative. Instead, schools should put more effort into teaching students some vital skills such as reading and writing, for example, because nowadays students turn to websites like http://essaywritingservices that provide them with the guidance and help they need. This website was given to me by a student of mine who honestly said that he had used it to do his homework. So, instead of teaching creativity, maybe his English Teacher should teach him some writing!


Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She’s worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She’s a staff writer for KQED’s education blog MindShift.

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