A recent post from the Wharton School’s Knowledge@Wharton blog suggests we might be heading for a creativity crisis:
Scores from the widely administered Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking have been declining since 1990 among the nation’s youngest students, according to a study by College of William & Mary assistant professor Kyung-Hee Kim of nearly 300,000 test scores between 1968 and 2008. “The decline is steady and persistent, from 1990 to present, and ranges across the various components tested by the TTCT,” the study finds. “The decline begins in young children, which is especially concerning as it stunts abilities which are supposed to mature over a lifetime.”
“There is an understanding that this is happening in China and India as well,” [Jennifer Mueller, a management professor at the University of San Diego] adds, “and the fact that it is happening in the U.S. is troubling people, but I don’t think they know what to do about it. I, myself, have tried to do stuff students don’t like, and they will hate you. If student ratings aren’t high, then you’re not going to get tenure.”
The author goes on to review some recent studies of creativity and reflections from academics, industry leaders and artists about whether or not it can be taught. The full post is here.