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Creativity is conspicuous by its absence

It may be notoriously difficult to define creativity but it is still possible to point to where it exists or is missing. Love and intelligence, like most abstract concepts, also defy tight definition but we can discuss their presence or absence.

I could point Tom Bennett (who wrote "Creative accounting", Feature, 10 October) to a school with little creativity - one that a friend of mine left after being told to drill a Reception class in literacy and numeracy all day. Children I know at other primaries never do art or design and technology. Writing is reduced to learning how to demonstrate prescribed features of syntax; numeracy to times tables. There is no creativity here. I could also point Mr Bennett to schools that do encourage a creative approach to learning. Thankfully, the institution where I am chair of governors is one.

Creativity may be a concept with a blurred and fluid definition but it can nevertheless be squashed or promoted. I cheer those like Sir Ken Robinson who promote creativity, since I believe it is necessary for both the individual and society to flourish.

Sandra Palmer

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Am feeling rather weary of technology being blamed for making children anti-social. I see so much interaction, all over the place.


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"You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book."


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