“Instead of growing into our creativity, we grow out of it,” he said.
Fear is the main culprit, he says. We are conditioned through years of schooling to strive for the “right” answer. We are punished for making mistakes. We are rewarded for following rules.
There was much hand-wringing over the research out of the College of William & Mary in 2010 that showed that children’s scores on tests of divergent thinking, an aspect of creativity, had declined over two decades.