I totally agree with this article on pragmatism and creativity.

An interesting piece, delivered by Kenneth Paul Tan, at the Outstanding Educator Award Public Lecture, 28 April 2009, National University of Singapore. Obviously well-written. And worth reading. Against Uncritical Pragmatism: Education for Doers Who Can Think and Thinkers Who Can Do by Kenneth Paul Tan Pragmatism is today celebrated around the world as a virtue of contemporary decision-making. The ability to adapt to changing circumstances, to focus on achieving results, and to compare options using cost-benefit analysis is highly valued over inflexible obedience to totalizing dogma and stubborn habits. In public administration, pragmatism is opposed to the worst forms of bureaucracy. In politics, closed-mindedness, extremism, and fundamentalism are mitigated by various moderate ‘third way’ approaches that deconstruct competing ideologies like liberalism, capitalism, and s...

Full article: http://thinkingbetterthinkingmeta.blogspot.com/2009/05/ke...

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