Last year I read a paper about what employers are most looking for in school leavers. Of course there are many different attributes that are important for school and colleague leavers to have, but creativity is certainly one of them. At my last school I was in a book club that read Alfie Kohn's Punished by Rewards, where he wrote about how grades can be counterproductive to motivation and learning. Today I've been reading about rubrics and how they can be counterproductive to creativity. For example a rubric imposes the teacher's vision or definition of what the final product should look like (so doesn't leave room for the student to make that choice for him/herself). A rubric can also turn into a "check the box" activity that limits students ("I've written my 5 paragraphs so I've done enough").
Many teachers have moved away from grades and towards rubrics, but my question today is: is this enough? Do rubrics still limit student creativity?