As kids, everything is new to us, so we often fill in details for things we don’t understand. As we grow older however, we are often forced to follow social norms and teachings from schools and social media, until we fall into the mundane cycle of life. In an article written by Larry Vint in 2005, he stated that “…we can conclude that creativity is therefore not learned, but rather unlearned.”1
The article shows data from a NASA study conducted by George Land over an 18 year period, from 1968-1985, in which that the data shows that 98% of 5 year old’s passed the the creativity test, while only 2% of 25 year old’s and above passed.
Education is important for the developing mind. Throughout history, these norms have often been “follow the instructions” and “stay in line”.1 However, to advance society, we need people who think outside the box. So, the article argues that changes in school to give students more opportunities to be creative will lessen the decay of creative thoughts.
1Vint, Larry, “Creativity Innovation” 2005.