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Creativity Crisis - Explained & Explored with Inspiring Examples Creative Confidence Builders

This article from 2010 (Newsweek / Daily Beast) explains why’s and how’s behind the decline in creativity, and examples of schools and individuals who are turning this trend around.

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Some highlights from the Newsweek / Daily Beast article:

“In effect, it’s left to the luck of the draw who becomes creative: there’s no concerted effort to nurture the creativity of allchildren.”

“Around the world, though, other countries are making creativity development a national priority. In 2008 British secondary-school curricula—from science to foreign language—was revamped to emphasize idea generation…The European Union designated 2009 as the European Year of Creativity and Innovation…. instituting problem-based learning programs—curricula driven by real-world inquiry—for both children and adults.In China there has been widespread education reform to extinguish the drill-and-kill teaching style. Instead, Chinese schools are also adopting aproblem-based learning approach.”

“The age-old belief that the arts have a special claim to creativity is unfounded.”

“Researchers say creativity should be taken out of the artroom and put into homeroom.”

“Creativity requires constant shifting, blender pulses of both divergent thinking and convergent thinking, to combine new information with old and forgotten ideas. Highly creative people are very good at marshaling their brains into bilateral mode, and the more creative they are,the more they dual-activate.” (see ArtScience inspirations)

“Preschool children, on average, ask their parents about 100 questions a day. Why, why,why—sometimes parents just wish it’d stop. Tragically, it does stop. By middleschool they’ve pretty much stopped asking. It’s no coincidence that this sametime is when student motivation and engagement plummet. They didn’t stop asking questions because they lost interest: it’s the other way around. They lost interest because they stopped asking questions.”

“From fourth grade on, creativity no longer occurs in a vacuum; researching and studying become an integral part of coming up withuseful solutions. But this transition isn’t easy. As school stuffs more complex information into their heads, kids get overloaded, and creativity suffers. Whencreative children have a supportive teacher—someone tolerant of unconventional answers, occasional disruptions, or detours of curiosity—they tend to excel.When they don’t, they tend to under perform and drop out of high school or don’tfinish college at high rates.”

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