Back in 2006, Sir Ken Robinson discussed how the assembly-line nature of schooling was churning out children who were too frightened to make mistakes and learn from them. This, Sir Ken showed, was because of the tunnel vision teaching of how there is one way to do something.
Now that the Common Core Standards have been adopted, and the shift is towards studying non-fiction, learning to use technology and career skills, it is quite possible that teachers and administrators could tunnel in on these, losing the creativity which children need.
Open To Interpretation
The Common Core Standards are deliberately vague in their design which should help promote creativity in the classroom. It’s now up to you, as educators, to find out what works for you and your students – striking the balance between creativity, career skills and other transferable knowledge.