I was just listening to KQED where an expert on Japanese culture was critiquing the Japanese education system for failing to promote creativity among its students. It’s going to cost the nation in the future, he argued, as creativity will increasingly be essential to success in the global economy. I agree with him about the importance of creativity and wonder if Palo Alto schools value it, too?
I also have a child due to enter Palo Alto kindergarten next year. Can parents of children in currently enrolled in PAUSD tell me—should I expect to be surprised by the ways in which children in the district are encouraged to develop creatively? Or is it your experience that our schools focused almost entirely instead on graduating students who do well on standardized tests?