Please try to find fifteen minutes to watch Sir Ken Robinson's speech on the TED talks site (really wonderful mini-lectures on all kinds of subjects, for those of you who haven't discovered it yet). He discusses the need to foster children's innate creativity, and what that means. You can find it here.
It is a very timely reminder to all of us that intelligence is not only cerebral, that creativity springs from multiple kinds of intelligence, and that a creative approach to life and learning is essential for our society in these times of rapid change. Being locked into an educational system where mistakes are unacceptable, test scores are the measure of success, and students are directed down a narrow path with predefined required outcomes, ultimately destroys our chance of achieving excellence. It's a great speech, and also highly entertaining.