This was chilling to read:
One of the most consistent findings in educational studies of creativity has been that teachers dislike personality traits associated with creativity.
This comes from from Creativity: Asset or Burden in the Classroom?, a review paper on the research. As much as I wish I could say this doesn’t apply to me, I know that sometimes it does. On my best days, my favorite students are those who subvert my assignments, challenge me and others, and do so with sass and attitude. But on my worst days, I just want those students to shut up so I can move forward with what I have planned. This realization is something that will stick with me for a long time.
The entirety of the paper is worth reading, as is the post on the Marginal Revolution blog that led me to it. This line particularly resonated with me:
Torrance (1963) described creative people as not having the time to be courteous, as refusing to take no for an answer, and as being negativistic and critical of others.
I wonder to what extent the findings of this review apply not only to students, but to creative educators as well. Are you a creative educator who has been accused of any of the above? I would love to hear from others on this.