A Rationale For Why Creative Thinking Should Be Taught To All Students K-12.

The Evidence is Clear. Creativity is in Crisis in our schools as more attention is directed to teaching kids how to do well on tests that measure lower level facts based knowledge.  We know from the work of E. Paul Torrence, that everyone can become more creative by learning creative thinking strategies. The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) was developed in 1966 and renormed five times: in 1974, 1984, 1990, 1998, and 2008. The total sample for all six normative samples included 272,599 kindergarten through 12th grade students and adults. Analysis of the normative data showed that creative thinking scores remained static or decreased, starting at sixth grade. Results also indicated that since 1990, even as IQ scores have risen, creative thinking scores have significantly decreased. The decrease for kindergartners through third graders was the most significant. Torrance believes all students can be taught how to be more creative. 

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