Youthful creativity needs nourishing

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2010, 12:00am

People often argue about what is more important: good academic results or a creative mind.

One of the greatest human traits is our ability to invent and innovate. Our resourcefulness has helped us create the modern city we live in. Younger generations need to remain curious and eager to explore new ideas.

Many students are content to stick with established ways. You can hear them say things like: 'That's the way it's always been.' Our education system reinforces this attitude with an emphasis on rote-learning and formulaic exams, which require no original thinking from the student.

But schools need to boost young people's creative urges, not stifle them. They should encourage students to explore and discover things for themselves and not just wait for stock answers. Young people should be urged to be resourceful and free to find their own answers - even if it means making some mistakes along the way.

Leung Hoi-ki, Leung Shek Chee College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Hoi-ki. Many studies show the benefits of 'creative' skills such as music, art and drama on a child's development. These activities allow you to make better use of different parts of the brain.

They have also been shown to improve performance in academic subjects and to enhance other abilities, such as language, problem-solving and the capacity to work in a team.

Creative pastimes also allow you to relax and increase your confidence. They are a way to meet new people and explore ideas that you wouldn't be able to do in regular classes.

Even if you are not especially talented in these areas, taking time to learn an instrument, create pottery, or attend a ballet class is good for your health and will improve your mood. And if you're happy and healthy, you can make a better contribution to society.

Karly, Deputy Editor