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Given the importance of human creativity, one would think it should have a high priority among our concerns. But if we look at the reality, we see a different picture. Basic scientific research is minimized in favor of immediate practical applications. The arts are increasingly seen as dispensable luxuries. Yet as competition heats up around the globe, exactly the opposite strategy is needed.

Adapted from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity:  Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention

Assignment:

Is creativity needed more than ever in the world today? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.

Essay #1: This essay received a score of 6 满分参考范文

While I do not dispute that creativity is always necessary, I do not believe that it is needed anymore in today’s world than it ever has been. Today’s world certainly faces its share of problems. Most major world powers face the everpresent threat of terrorism, the American economy is struggling to fight out of a recession, and Russia is locked in an often bloody war with Chechnyan rebels. These problems, as well as others of pressing importance in today’s world (i.e. the rebuilding of Iraq and containment of nuclear arms proliferation) must be solved creatively. However, creativity has always been needed to solve mankind’s problems. The first human beings had to be creative when fashioning the crude weapons that they used to hunt. Farmers in Mesopotamia had to be creative when developing irrigation systems. During the Great Depression, Secretary of State Cordell Hull used creativity to craft reciprocal trade agreements, which helped improve the world economy. Human creativity has always been essential to our world, and that is no different today.

In fact, I disagree with Mr. Csikszentmihaly’s assessment that human creativity is on the decline. Slightly more than 35 years ago, we put a man on the moon. Shortly thereafter the first personal computer was put on the market; in fact, the computer industry is an excellent example of human creativity at work. I expect, however, that Mr. Csikszentmihaly would dismiss that example as an “immediate practical application.” However, the State of California and many private entities are exploring stem cells and their potential to cure disease. The federal government has explored a “Star Wars” missile defense shield. Neither of these endeavors presents any immediate benefits. In the arts, recent painters include Pablo Picasso and Rufino Tamayo, two masters. The Beatles revolutionized music, and Luciano Pavarotti is arguably one of the best singers ever.

Given mankind’s recent creative accomplishment, I do not believe that creativity is on the decline, and given the abundant examples of mankind’s need for creativity in the past, I do not believe that it is any more necessary today than it was 50, 100, or 1000 years ago.

Why Essay #1 Received a Score of 6 给分理由

This essay demonstrates clear and consistent mastery in insightfully and effectively disputing the prompt's claims about creativity ("Given mankind's recent creative accomplishments, I do not believe that creativity is on the decline, and given the abundant examples of mankind's need for creativity in the past, I do not believe that it is any more necessary today than it was 50, 100, or 1000 years ago"). The essay shows outstanding critical thinking in its wellorganized and focused presentation of clearly appropriate evidence ("However, creativity has always been needed to solve mankind's problems. The first human beings had to be creative when fashioning the crude weapons that they used to hunt. Farmers in Mesopotamia had to be creative when developing irrigation systems"). The essay also exhibits skillful use of language and demonstrates meaningful variety in sentence structure ("These problems, as well as others of pressing importance in today's world (i.e. the rebuilding of Iraq and containment of nuclear arms proliferation) must be solved creatively…During the Great Depression, Cordell Hull used creativity to craft reciprocal trade agreements"). This outstanding essay earns a score of 6.

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