Instructor: Patrick Ocampo
ENGL 1113, #Section 1
18 September 2013
Creativity is original and useful, so why has creativity been spiraling downward since 1990. Today’s enriched environment is making children smarter, while their intelligence scores go up; creativity scores have had a reverse effect. The article “The Creativity Crisis”, Po Bronson and Ashley Merriman focus on early childhood development, how the brain functions, and incorporating creativity in schools help keep creativity alive.
Although children are getting smarter, it is their creative ingenuity that is lacking. Preschool children are consistently asking their parent questions about every small detail hoping for answers. The answers the parents are giving these children are direct short answers expecting the questions to cease, unfortunately it does. This type of development causes children to jump straight to the right answer instead of finding intimations, ultimately they stop asking questions all together.
This type of creativity thinking is being studied through psychology in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. For instance, if an individual used their right hemisphere alone the ideas would originate but there would be no way to get in into practice. This is called the tip-of-the-tongue experience. The left and right side of the brain starts working together pulling different strands of information and putting it into an idea. People with higher creative thoughts can organize and process the information more effectively. Everyone is capable of doing this with much practice; although, it does not happen overnight. It should be an everyday process improving brain functions.
A School in Akron, Ohio has incorporated a project for a fifth grade class to reduce noise in the library from a public place just outside the glass windows. The Ohio school organized this program to teach the students creative thinking while working in a...