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Re: [teacherartexchange] Is your school teaching creativity?


From: Susan Bennett (seasideblueviolet_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 14 2010 - 07:07:29 PDT

Can the article be read on line? I believe the findings. I used to teach at the elementary level. Now at the high school, the students are so afraid to try to come up with anything new or out of the box. They want a step by step way to do things.

Case in point. I ran into one of my elementary students one day at the high school, and said "Hi Matthew, when will you come and take art with me? " he said "Oh Mrs. Bennett, I am not very good at art" I said
" Matthew you were always very creative when you were young" He replied back "Well Mrs. Bennett they stole my imagination!" I assume they meant school?

--- On Tue, 7/13/10, Marvin Bartel <> wrote:

> From: Marvin Bartel <>
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] Is your school teaching creativity?
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 10:17 PM
> The July 19 issue of NEWSWEEK feature
> article is on creativity. Very troubling.
> "Kyung Hee Kim at the College of William and Mary
> discovered this, . . after analyzing 300,000 Torrance Scores
> of children and adults. Kim found that creativity scores had
> been 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." 
> from: Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. NEWSWEEK, July 19,
> 2010, pg. 45.
> The article goes on to say that schools leave creativity to
> the luck of the draw and, ". . there's no concerted effort
> to nurture the creativity of all children."
> Does your school intentionally teach creativity? If so,
> what is being done?
> Marvin Bartel
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