My friend Gil Mansergh did his master's thesis on creativity in children, and his e-mail brought up some interesting points. He said:
"Researchers have attempted to quantify 'creativity' for over 80 years, but so far, no test administered to children has proven to accurately predict who will be "creative" in later life. Many believe that this is because societal institutions (schools, churches, etc.) often label "creative" children as being "disruptive" and train them to behave in more conventional ways."
I have seen this happen firsthand when I taught Art and English in high school, but I also saw the converse, i.e., teachers who were so dedicated that they spent money from their own pockets and stayed after school to help students who had obvious talent, but who needed encouragement and nurturing in order to blossom in all their creative uniqueness.
I also saw students who abused the freedom they were given in creative expression. I think the result is a pretty individual thing, and may be a product of cooperation between student and teacher. Some reach their creative potential in spite of all the obstacles, because they are driven to succeed.
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