It is a sad indictment of educational systems generally, and probably a function of the standardisation they encourage, that the creativity of students within them tends to decline the more exposure they have to them.
This is a phenomena that has been known about since the 1950s, and has been commented on by educationalists such as Sir Ken Robinson.
In times of austerity there has been a retrenchment around ‘basic skills’ and the powerful industry lobby around Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Whereas all these areas are capable of fostering creativity, at a school based level their focus tends to be on the development of the rules and discipline of their application to the world. Unfortunately, the humanities and creative subjects tend to be marginalised in these circumstances and access to more creative outlets can be stymied.
This is a shortcoming on many levels, not least when challenging the traditional utilitarian view that the arts are all well and good but they only exist when industry and science is there to provide the surplus to indulge ourselves in such luxuries. In truth, if we explore the UK economy the creative industries in all their manifestations are up there as contributors to GDP with engineering, and ahead of construction!
I think this is one valuable context in which to explore this article by Josh Linkner: How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age And How To Prevent It
Originally posted on Forbes: How Kids Lose Their Creativity As They Age And How To Prevent It