Your young children are creative geniuses!

Dr. George Land and Beth Jarman developed a highly specialized test to measure creative potential of people within NASA. The test was very successful, but left questions such as: “Where does creativity come from? Are we born with it or is it learned?”
They then tested 1,600 children aged between 4-5 years and discovered that 98% of those kids fell into the genius category of imagination. By age 15, however, the genius percentage had dropped to only 12%. For adults, it had declined to about 2%. It seems the school system and our education may be the most likely culprit.

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  1. I think Education is in dire need for a complete overhaul and better leadership.
    Here we are in a world of exponential change and Education plods along at a rate we can largely associate with laggards, versus as early adopters.
    I understand why Gen X, Y and Z surveys reveal a pattern to not value education as it is now, nor do they value working for large companies, as they are now.
    I also happen to know that both can change for the better, once they realize that the leadership of both are really in the way.

    Yes, there are some areas of education that are less affected, meaning still viable. Our local Vet School is a great example of a shining star inside a university system that has too few other stars or real champions able to rise above the culture that debilitates value creation in education.

    I see emphasis on STEM and applaud that, yet without the A – (STEAM) as an evolved sense of how important the arts (creativity) are to learning, creating and connecting value in this new value-inspired world – I give the effort a B, soon a C.

    Our youth deserves better. They are most inspired by creativity without the shackles education puts on it. A local friend who a work peer and I were able to fund when we shaped the then HP Education Program, has proven that 6th graders can out-perform grad students because of their creativity, problem solving, and passion. Our whole world needs more of that.

    I will dare say that when our education exposes us to real diversity, that we embrace it and apply it as a core factor to life, work and dreams. Likewise as we connect our lives to trust, credibility and relevance, we also thrive. The final AHA! for me was when I connected possibility thinking to systems thinking with regard to the values that shape ecosystems that connect life, work and dreams, we can aspire to be the type of people whose work creates a better world, just as Margaret Mead imagined creative people can do.

    It certainly inspires me to continue and to see the seeds of great ideas in others that can make the difference when nourished versus ignored; and that breathes life into entire organizations. I see solutions, such as IdeaSpies as helping us as human beings to make that journey into relevance.

  2. Great input, Bill. Thanks for sharing.
    I’d like to see an education system where we really do help kids to learn and to find their right livelihood. Currently I believe we are still too focused on “mass production” of homogenous worker bees. They leave school, maybe with a diploma/degree that they could be seriously in debt for; and maybe not even be able to find a suitable job in that field. Then with this burden, they face a lack luster job market (especially for entrants with little experience) when they are trying to start life on their own. Not a great way to start independent adult life.
    Around the world there are some good elements of effective education systems as examples. I think if we looked at the best parts of the better systems, and started with that, maybe we could design something better than what we currently have. But you are right, it all starts with leadership.
    I think we can, and must do better; and I am encouraged when I learn about people trying to do that.

  3. Yes Lynn, the Finland education system does look very good. I wonder what its downsides are (i.e. costs/taxes, tuitions, teacher’s compensation packages, etc …). So it begs the question, why aren’t there more like it?

What do you think?