Education: Digging the Divergent

Creativity, one of man's highest qualities, is one of the least understood. It is not sheer volume of work or novelty of expression; it is not always virtuous. Creativity is what Feodor Dostoevsky had: a tremendous capacity for sustained, self-motivated work—despite an untidy outer life that included epilepsy, compulsive gambling and enough hardships to stun Job. But few teachers can recognize creativity in children or tolerate it when they do. The child who paints pretty pictures or whizzes through the IQ test is called "gifted." The one who plants an ingenious stink bomb in the teachers' smoking room is a...

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