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As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity

I wish I could summarize this article for one of my fifth grade students, who on the first day of school, said to me, “What is this art thing? Who needs to know how to draw? I want to be a doctor, I don’t need to do art”…:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201209/children-s-freedom-has-declined-so-has-their-creativity

I think I’ll start with this: “While most of Torrance’s colleagues focused on standard measures of intelligence as a path toward doing this, Torrance chose to focus on creativity.  His prior work with fighter pilots in the Air Force had convinced him that creativity is the central variable underlying personal achievement and ability to adapt to unusual conditions.” – Peter Gray Freedom to Learn

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