Are Kids Less Creative?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Are Kids Less Creative?
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Tue, 08-16-2011 - 10:38am

It sounds like the complaint of a jaded adult: Kids these days are narrow-minded and just not as creative as they used to be.

But researchers say they are finding exactly that. In a 2010 study of about 300,000 creativity tests going back to the 1970s, Kyung Hee Kim, a creativity researcher at the College of William and Mary, found creativity has decreased among American children in recent years. Since 1990, children have become less able to produce unique and unusual ideas. They are also less humorous, less imaginative and less able to elaborate on ideas, Kim said.

Not your imagination: Kids today really are less creative, study says-

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Tue, 08-16-2011 - 11:10am

Yes, yes and YESS!

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-08-2008
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 11:07am
I'd have to agree with you, Dana. Very seldom do I find an activity or project my boys have brought home where they were asked to use their imagination or were given the opportunity to be creative. Even most coloring projects are structured (color all boxes equaling 8 in red). Just helping in the classroom I've found that drilling facts or seeing how fast they could read was more valued than most other things. Long gone are the days when my boys brought home a fun holiday craft or othert project. Even classroom parties and other fun activities have been cut. It's a bummer because those are my most fond memories from the days when I was in school.

Community Leader
Registered: 06-27-2006
Wed, 08-17-2011 - 11:27am

It really is sad.