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17th October 2014 at 01:00

To teach creativity, we must nurture possibility

Tom Bennett is right to caution that creativity cannot be taught (Feature, 10 October). He is also right to note the challenges of attempting to measure it. Where he is wrong is in saying that anxieties about stifling creativity are misplaced. Depressingly, many young people have only the most limited opportunities to step outside the cognitive box.

While creativity can be complex and mystifying, understanding and promoting it requires a system that gives schools the confidence to generate meaningful creative spaces and teachers the necessary skills to identify and nurture the often elusive creative moment. It might then be possible to know what, and what not, to teach when it comes to creativity.

Dr Dave Trotman

Reader in creative education, Newman University, Birmingham

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