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Creativity and the Arts: The Surrey, Not the Fringe

Creativity and the arts: The surrey, not the fringe

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

—Albert Einstein

In this chapter, I will use the arts as a surrogate for the broader issue of creativity. Certainly, creativity can and should be taught in all aspects of the curriculum. Creativity has to be a part of science and technology. It is central to solving all the big human problems. But it is in the arts that creativity has its full flowering, and therefore, the rise and fall of the arts mirrors the concern we have for creativity in general.

Sir Ken Robinson (2001), who headed the British initiative on creativity and was knighted by the queen for his efforts, has been a ...

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