As the year draws to a close, we ask the CEO of 826 National, what he thinks will dominate in 2013.

In 2013, schools and educators will start to focus more on creativity and the skills that used to be considered soft – drive, grit, determination. In a world spurred on by innovation, all of these skills are essential to thinking differently and dreaming bigger. The education system will begin to build more opportunities for students to be creative in the classroom. Discussions about adding art to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education are already underway. At 826 we piloted STEM and Creative Writing workshops at our New York and LA chapters. Other organizations are doing the same understanding that the next breakthrough in any of those fields will come from a creative young mind. Public schools and after school programs will start being looked at as ‘creativity engines.’

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