July 14, 2010

News & Opinion: Creativity and Education

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:35 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

There's an interesting article by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman over at Newsweek that talks about the decline of creativity in America. Titled, The Creativity Crisis, it focuses on how the lack of creative exercise in education is resulting in young adults who stop asking, "why?," eventually turning in to adults who make decisions without pursuing all creative angles to solve problems and create positive change.
Of course, there is tons of creativity that exists in this country, and brilliant minds at work in all industries, at all levels, but the point remains: compared to other countries, we're at the lower end of creativity building skills on the education level. Bronson and Merryman also address this in their book Nurture Shock, advising parents to take a bigger role in the process.

Coincidentally, over at ChangeThis, Russell Ackoff and Daniel Greenberg have written a manifesto about reforming education, titled, Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track.

Whether you're in education or a parent, these are obviously issues that you're aware of and concerned about. For the rest of us, the information reveals the state of our culture and where it's headed, and we all have stake in that.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.