Creativity on the decline in America

There’s a problem with creativity in America. It’s disappearing.

In what Newsweek is calling The Creativity Crisis, studies are reporting that creativity in America is declining.

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman report:

Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test – a 90‒minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist – has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ and CQ scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect – each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling.

It’s frightening to know that creativity has fallen by the side‒lines in America. Without creativity, American ‒ and the world ‒ is in real trouble.

“All around us are matters of national and international importance that are crying out for creative solutions,” the recent Newsweek article explains, “from saving the Gulf of Mexico to bringing peace to Afghanistan to delivering health care. Such solutions emerge from a healthy marketplace of ideas, sustained by a populace constantly contributing original ideas and receptive to the ideas of others.”

While it’s horrible to read about the decline in creativity among Americans, we know what the problem is, and we know how to fix it. Re‒building creative America all starts with you, your community, and the attitudes we have towards creativity in education.

America’s belief in “standardized curriculum, rote memorization, and nationalized testing” is what has been killing creativity since 1990. We need to change that. Whether in our schools or at home, a creative approach to learning and living needs to become a priority…just as math and science has.

What do you think about the creativity crisis? How can you not only focus on building up your own creativity, but also impacting your community to make a difference in how creativity is approached in educational institutions?

Be sure to read the entire article about The Creativity Crisis for more insights and ideas about how to resolve the dilemma of declining creativity in America.

How can we turn this around?