A new OECD study has shown up that an increasing number of countries see fostering of creativity and critical thinking as the next educational challenge: traditional good grades may no longer suffice to equip the workforce with the skills needed to fuel innovation-driven economic growth.
Singapore and Korea are two good examples of countries emphasising creativity, critical thinking and character building in their curricula.
A visit at Haig Girls’ School (go to site) in Singapore showed that this is more than
just words. Creativity and innovation are at the heart of the project
of this elementary school. Teachers have developed common criteria to
monitor their students’ progress in “critical thinking” and in “creative
and inventive thinking”. Students also assess themselves and their
peers by answering questions such as “I am able to brainstorm multiple
ways to reach a solution” (critical thinking) or “I am able to connect
ideas in an interesting and creative manner to create a unique idea”
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