With the Cambridge elementary and lower secondary curriculum, students have a choice of 10 subjects, including English, math, science and art and design, music, digital literacy, which help them develop their creativity, expression and well-being in a variety of ways.
An important step in India’s National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is to move away from testing and root learning. The goal of the new policy is to transform the education system to meet the demands of the 21st century. Conceptual clarity, critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and creativity skills all take center stage and will be important for the new Indian education system.
This was a welcome step as India’s fast-growing economy will continue to need a creative workforce that can help drive big changes and make the country a viable world power. Creativity is a key element that relates to multiple aspects of NEP 2020 It’s really important to nurture creativity in students and schools will see how they do it
So, how do we define creativity?
Creativity is an inherent part of learning. It is the process of creating original and unusual ideas and turning them into something relevant and useful. Not surprisingly, there is a huge demand for creativity and creative skills in the workplace, covering a wide range of fields and professions around the world, including research, computing and performing arts.
According to George Land’s research on creativity, 98 percent of young children are creative and innovative in their thinking process when they start school, but this percentage drops to 2 percent through the education system and as they reach old age. 25. One reason for this may be that in some cases traditional teaching and learning practices do not encourage students to think for themselves.
Develop creative skills in school to build a creative workforce
This growing demand for creative skills across sectors and industries, and the positive response of 81 countries to the UN creative economy this year, underscores the importance of creativity for today’s world economy. The education system needs to be more aware of these emerging needs and help young people develop their creative skills from an early age.
Offering students the opportunity to study creative subjects in their school life is the key to helping them develop their creative skills. I saw first hand how art can self-start and help children develop mental intelligence. For creative subjects, students have to set their own agenda from within themselves and explore unconventional areas of thought. After working as a curriculum developer for many years, I have seen the benefits of embracing creativity in the classroom, allowing students to see themselves as potential developers in this field. A good balance of knowledge and skills in any subject gives teachers the ability to allow creative exploration rather than rushing to a perceived ‘correct answer’ or ‘product’.
It brings me to study creative subjects and build creative skills. The study found a relationship between the study of creative subjects and the overall performance and well-being of students. Research by Tim Gill, a research officer at Cambridge University Press and Assessment, found that while the number of students studying music in England is declining, those who study it tend to get better results in all subjects. The study found a possible link between playing a musical instrument and higher executive function – students with higher executive function are more likely to achieve higher academic achievement. Curriculum art subjects can also be beneficial for students’ overall well-being and promote good mental health.
Enhancing creativity through an overall primary and lower secondary curriculum
Without an emphasis on creativity, whether in the field of creative education or the adoption of creative subjects, schools run the risk of offering a one-dimensional curriculum that does not nurture the full potential of young people. It is imperative that education leaders realize this and make relevant changes in their curriculum from primary level to lower secondary and higher levels. In addition to complementing the overall promotion of creativity, it will provide more opportunities to develop skills that we know are increasingly valuable in responding to the needs of a changing world.