Chapter 2. Responsibility-Driven Design

Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Artist Within, argues that many so-called creative talents can be taught. She poses this delightful thought experiment:

What does it take to teach a child to read? What if we believed that only those fortunately endowed with inborn creative ability could learn to read? What if teachers believed the best way to instruct was to expose children to lots of materials, then wait to see who possessed innate reading talent? Fear of stifling the creative reading process would dampen any attempts to guide new readers. If a child asked how to read something, a teacher might respond, “Try whatever you think works. Enjoy it, explore, reading is fun!” Perhaps one or two in any class ...

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