Fostering creativity develops resilience, resourcefulness, and confidence, and is positively linked to engagement, achievement, and innovation.
Singapore, one of the world’s highest-ranked education systems, is implementing changes that will “encourage individuals to concentrate on their own learning development,” and reduce the emphasis on rote-learning, student ranking, and exam preparation.
Ontario’s curriculum and policy requires comprehensive change to ensure that students are prepared for the world they will enter upon graduation. However, it is important to focus on the competencies they need for the future.
For future success, students need competencies that extend beyond the 3Rs into areas like creativity, health, social-emotional learning, and citizenship. Education systems around the world are starting to embed these competencies into school curriculum.
A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that children and young people aren’t getting enough time to develop the vital competencies and skills that are learned through play.
People for Education reviewed over 30 years of research and identified four key things parents can do to help their children succeed, both academically and in the development of health, citizenship, creativity, and social-emotional competencies.
While Ontario’s schools are doing well in teaching “the basics”, students need a broader set of skills, not only to master these ‘basics’, but to ensure that they can thrive in the future.
New data show that students in small/rural schools, schools with higher levels of poverty, or with lower levels of parental education, are less likely to have access to learning opportunities in the arts.
Students need more than the 3Rs to be successful in school and in life. Health, citizenship, social-emotional, and creativity competencies are the ‘survival skills’ for the 21st century.
How can our public education system support students' development of competencies in creativity, citizenship, health, and social-emotional learning?
This report provides an update on People for Education’s Measuring What Matters (MWM) initiative, including some of the early findings coming out of the school field trials.
Creativity competencies in action
Teacher Kim Stolys describes how she is using some of the creativity competencies from Measuring What Matters in her classroom.
Creativity in the news
On CTV's Your Morning, Annie Kidder talks about the important role of arts education in supporting the development of a broad range of skills.
New data from People for Education show that, despite the widely recognized importance of arts education, equitable access to arts programs and resources is an ongoing challenge for Ontario’s schools.