Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Demise of Creativity


Once they are through the process of education, most people lose the capacity of wondering, of being surprised. They feel they ought to know everything, and hence that it is a sign of ignorance to be surprised or puzzled by anything. ~~ Erich Fromm
I just read an alarming article that said that by the time we enter school we are using about 80% of our creativity. Okay, so what? Well, the article goes on to say that by the age of 12, we are down to using about 2% of our creativity. Can this be true?

If it is, what are we doing to these children? Are we so serious about having them conform to what we want as to drum the creativity right out of them.

I hope I use more than 2% of my creativity. I'm way past the age of 12, so I may be into deficit creativity by now. I'm off to find some answers.

More to come...

11 comments:

Jeff King said...

I think it is true for most people… artist are definitely different than the norm. It is sad that, life, stress, the worry of day to day life: drains our creativity, and in a sense, our soul… or joy for life.
I wish I could do more to inspire kids, or for that matter, anyone, to be more creative, to delve into that side of our mind that’s thinks weird and wild thoughts. It really dose set you free.
Best of luck with your writing, and of course, setting yourself free… And thx for all the wonderful support, and advice you give on my blog.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

that is soooo sad and I am hoping it isn't true. I remember a story that you might find to be interesting. When I was around 5 or 6 and was learning to write, my teacher was frustrated because when I would color or write I would switch hands back and forth from left to right. She was finding it "difficult" to work with me and called my parents trying to get them to work with me on using my RIGHT HAND. My artist/cartoonist father promptly told the teacher to "leave me alone and I will decide what hand is right for me to use"....soooo I am ambidextrous. Even that was a way of trying to stifle creativity. I also remember a teacher not liking that I drew the sun, smoking a pipe with a smiley face...lol

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