Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Learning to Be Creative

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Learning to Be Creative

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Americans aren't as creative as they used to be--and the way creativity is or isn't encouraged in our schools may be a reason why.

According to a Newsweek article, Kyung Hee Kim of the College of William & Mary analyzed almost 300,000 Torrance scores of children and adults and learned that creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since 1990, creativity scores have consistently inched downward.

"It's very clear, and the decrease is very significant," Kim is quoted as saying in the magazine. The decline in scores of younger children in America--from kindergarten through 6th grade--is "most serious," he said.

The writers say it's too early to know conclusively why American creativity scores are dropping. But one suspect is the amount of time children log with TV and videogames rather than engaging in creative activities. Another suspect is the lack of overt creativity development in schools.

"In effect, it's left to the luck of the draw who becomes creative; there's no concerted effort to nurture the creativity of all children," they write. …

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