Teaching creativity is a chimera in higher education

Nobel laureate economist Joseph Stiglitz called on colleges and universities to make teaching creativity their No. 1 goal (“ ‘The major challenge facing every university, every teacher, is how to teach creativity’ “ yahoo.com, Apr. 7).  But I submit that everything they do today is guaranteed to fail in pursuit of that objective.

I say that because individuality has been replaced by groupthink.  How many students feel free to express ideas that don’t toe the party line?  If they try, they are cancelled by fellow students and more importantly by their professors.  As a result, they don’t have an opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that characterize critical thinking.  I expect the situation to get much worse.

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