Yes, creativity needs to be encouraged, to survive failures and to start from fresh perspectives.
Michalko writes on his blog at Psychology Today that the most important thing students should be taught is that everyone “is born a creative, spontaneous thinker.” If students are told they’re creative, they become creative, and start working to acquire the skills needed to express that creative identity.
Michalko says students must also learn that “all creative geniuses work passionately hard and produce incredible numbers of ideas, most of which are bad.”
Perhaps the most important entry on Michalko’s list is his last point, that “creativity is paradoxical.” Schools are places where students are supposed to acquire knowledge—but to create, a person must “forget the knowledge.” If you’re not able to leave what you think you know behind, you can’t approach problems with a fresh perspective. Students must also be taught to “desire success but embrace failure,” and to “listen to experts but know how to disregard them.”