Creativity isn’t faring well in modern America. With our increased emphasis on test-and-regurgitate in schools, and teacher evaluations tied to hard data instead of inspired lesson plans, our nation’s children are growing up without having practiced creativity in the classroom. The right-swing of our educational system has created a whole generation of children who, as in the famous Mr. Holland’s Opus quote:
“Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want. Sooner or later, these kids aren’t going to have anything to read or write about.”
But that’s not the only problem facing creativity. In the past decade, we’ve virtually eliminated one of creativity’s best partners for adults and children alike. We’ve gleefully kissed that partner goodbye and moved on with our lives without considering the consequences. We’ve picked up our iPhones and Kindles, Netflix and Candy Crush, and filled the space once taken up by this irritating but vital component of creativity.
That partner is boredom. [Read more…]