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"How Schools Suppress Creativity in Students" was created in response to a task, one I no longer assign, called "the educational autobiographic." The task, a variation on the literacy narrative/autobiography, asked students to focus on one moment (or a series of linked moments) in their histories of learning and to re-present for others, using whatever genres, materials, or media, what they learned, how, why, etc.

Since 2000 the two versions of this text (along with "United Van Lines") have been required reading in the courses I teach. "How Schools Suppress. . ." has fostered some of the most compelling (and often the most heated) discussions of the semester.

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