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Virtue, moral excellence, goodness, righteousness, a good or admirable quality or property, creativity, the ability to transcend traditional ideas,

rules, patters, relationship, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, form, methods, interpretations etc. Provided are both the definitions of virtue and creativity. Long has it been debated that creativity is not a critical part of education, development, maturity, nor is it a virtue, but all of these statements are false and can be proven as such. Not only is creativity a virtue but it is also vital to the growing, development, and education of a child. In the current day and age parents consider a virtue to be something they want their child to know very well, while creativity is usually pushed to the back burner for things like good grades and work ethic it is a vital part of a persons lifestyle as well as a key to success. Just by the definition you can tell that creativity is something that carries a normal person over the top making them more desirable in a professional and scholastic setting. The limiting force of a over-complicated, over-worked, ineffective school system crushed not only creativity but also the chances of that child but also the family that child comes, the city that family resides in, and so much as the nation that the family works so hard to make the country the greatest on earth. It is no surprise that United States Education System is no longer the best, not only is it not the best but it is now ranked as the eighteenth most effective education system. What may be a reason for the decline in the American scholastic technique has yet to be pinpointed, but at an examination of the school system it is an obvious problem, the lack of room of creativity in the curriculum. With all the budget cuts and increase of TEKS and testing there is just no room for creativity in the schedule instead; teachers are being fired,

fine arts are taking hard cut backs, and homework is increasing to catch up with the already over packed curriculum. The top of the list, Finland, starts teaching its children at the age of seven, the national curriculum is broad guidelines and the only mandatory standardized test in Finland are taken when the children are 16. This differences make a big difference with the classrooms being smaller and more one on one interaction and less standardizations in the school system the students are able to develop great creativity learn at their own pace and excel in vital courses such as math, reading, and science. With the help of creativity the Fins were able to climb to the top of the worlds education system in only 40 years of reforms. In TED, Technology, Entertainment, Design convention, is convention where guest are invited to speak on topic and ideas the TED panel feels worth spreading in 2006 Sir Ken Robinson, Ph. D, spoke on how he believes that the school system can stifle a childs creativity, CNN.com goes on to write an article on Sir Robinsons 18 minute argument, the lines below are a direct quote from the article. What is the argument? In a nutshell, it's that we're all born with immense natural talents but our institutions, especially education, tend to stifle many of them and as a result we are fomenting a human and an economic disaster. In education, this vast waste of talent involves a combination of factors. They include a narrow emphasis on certain sorts of academic work; the exile of arts, humanities and physical education programs from schools; arid approaches to teaching math and sciences; an obsessive culture of standardized testing and tight financial pressures to teach to the tests. The result is a disastrous waste of talent among students and their teachers. To sense the scale of this disaster, you only have to look at the alarming rates of turnover among faculty

and the levels of drop out, disaffection, stress and prescription drug use among students. Even for students who stay the course and do well in education, the rules of success have changed irrevocably. Just look at the plummeting value of college degrees. Sir Robinson is saying that the system in which we educate our children is not only out of date but it is also harming our children in a way that is seriously crippling there naturally born talents through assessments that only measure us on a vague scale. Not only does this hurt us independently but it also hurts us economically and in the business world, how can we keep our economies when the creativity that has keep our shelves stocked with new ideas is slowly being phased away due to an limiting education system. Even studies show that in a professional setting creativity can be a good thing. In Motivating Creativity at work: The necessity of others is the mother of invention Adam M. Grants says For more than three decades, psychologists have studied intrinsic motivation as a driver of creativity (Amiable, 1996). The core assumption is that when employees enjoy the work itself, they process information flexibly, experience positive effect, and become willing to take risks and persist in efforts to develop and refine ideas (Elsbach & Hargadon, 2006; Shalley, Zhou, & Oldham, 2004). With the research and statements provided by Mr. Adams we can safely assume that would agree that creativity is a vital part of any human beings life and that it is not only an essential element to have as a child in school but also as an adult in the workplace. In his essay Mr. Grant talks about research that has proven that creativity in a professional environment can increase work efficiency as well as the workers comfortably making the worker more likely to take risks in proceeding in their work. In creative Management Practices for making Work Work

companies are also using the virtue of creativity to their advantage. After the hit in the economy some companies began to place in actions some assistive programs that help worker cope with personal and professional problems. What is key (and perhaps surprising) is that these strategies help these companies achieve business results and respond to fluctuations in the economy. They help companies create effective and flexible workplaces, where work "works" for both the employer and employees. Although these programs my only seem like outcome of desperate companies, these programs were really the outcome of good willed people, good willed creative people. The people behind these programs had to thing outside the box to think what would help their employees be more efficient. What new creative ideas would make our employees happy and make them stick. This creativity is what helps them climb up the corporate ladder helping them beat out he competition to become the leaders who are capable of making these decisions for the company. The virtue creativity something that everyone is entitled to, it is a good given right to have the ability to use your own creativity to the fullest. Why wouldnt you with this creativity you can do many things. The ideas and proofs listed above show how much creativity has be able to accomplish over the years. With the crushing of creativity our school system has slipped to the bottom while with the expansion of creativity has helped the Fins grab top spot. With creativity in the work place workers have become more efficient and comfortable. Creativity has also help managers climb the work ladder and make more creative decisions to help keep employees around as well increase moral. All of which show how important creativity is as virtue.