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Tom and David - Thanks for reminding me and the rest of us that we are creative at the core and can use this to tackle's today's most challenging issues.

The positive feedback you've received from the teachers shows it's really paying off in the classroom! It sounds like Miguel will be a real champion for you.

I hope the visibility on this OpenIDEO challenge will help you get the funding you need to go back to Mexico, then on to Cuba, ... everywhere! I'll keep my ears open for opportunities for you!

Sarah, Arjan, Ayala, and Anne-Laure - way to keep the conversation going! I love seeing where this has evolved.

What I gather from this conversation, in short, is there A LOT of shades of gray here. Maybe what we need to establish is what exactly is it about a grade that is negative (particularly as it applies to creativity). I'm reflecting on my own "graded" experiences (whether in art workshops, writing a policy brief for a government class, or designing a presentation, etc) when I exercised creativity. As a young student, when the teacher gave me a high mark, I felt my creativity had a pay off and I often continued evolving. However, when my teacher gave me a low grade, I usually because discouraged and switched off.

Shouldn't it have been just the opposite when I received a low-grade? Isn't that an opportunity to learn more, evolve more, and push yourself further?

I'd like to say I've moved past that, but in a grade-driven education system, it's hard not to focus on the things that your teacher things you do well and stay away from the things that you do poorly. What do you guys think? Similar experiences, or is it possible this is different depending on where you're from?