…Research has suggested that traits associated with creativity may not only be neglected, but actively punished. Stone (1980) found that second graders who scored highest on tests of creativity were also those identified by their peers as engaging in the most misbehavior (e.g., “getting in trouble the most”). Given that research and theory suggest that a supportive environment is important to the fostering of creativity, it is quite possible that teachers are (perhaps unwittingly) extinguishing creative behaviors."
Creativity: Asset or Burden in the Classroom? (1995) Creativity Research Journal 8(1): 1-10
via: Marginal Revolution
Comment: I've got mixed feelings about emphasis on "creativity" in education. Clearly it is an important attribute, but at its worse, education based around "creativity" is part of the cult of the individual afflicting society at present. Are we really doing the best for students by giving them such a self-centred view?