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February 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 5
Essential creativity skills and the grammar of new media are missing from the Common Core English Language Arts Standards.
The United States neglects creativity in its education system. To see this, just look at the Common Core State Standards. If you search the English Language Arts and Literacy standards for the words creative, innovative, and original—and any associated terms, you will find scant mention of the words and the ideas they represent. Readers should find this troubling.
Supporters of the new standards will likely note that creativity relates more to instructional methodology than to literacy and that the Common Core initiative leaves choices about methodology to teacher practitioners. Although this deference to teachers' judgment is appreciated, there are three problems with this reasoning.
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