Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stifling Creativity

The Creativity Crisis @ Newsweek

"Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William & Mary discovered this in May, after analyzing almost 300,000 Torrance scores of children and adults. Kim found creativity scores had been steadily rising, just like IQ scores, until 1990. Since then, creativity scores have consistently inched downward. “It’s very clear, and the decrease is very significant,” Kim says. It is the scores of younger children in America—from kindergarten through sixth grade—for whom the decline is “most serious.”"

Yet we still drill and test... everyone has seen this by now, but Sir Ken Robinson talks about this in such elegant and plain terms at TED.

But, the power elite, and their minions the pickle vendors, tell us it's not creativity they need it's "basic skills"... just get our workforce able to read, write, do math, work in teams, and have concepts of quality, they argue, and they'll compete against the rest of the world... delusional thinking that is repeated across the country every day. They're not interest in competing they're interested in profits. Another great piece in Michael Moore's Capitalism-A love story points out that when the top tax rate was 90 percent we had a growing middle class that made living wages and corporations were making record profits. But, they wanted more. And like a tsunami destroyed everyone and everything in their wake.

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