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Published: Friday, Sept. 27 2013 8:00 a.m. MDT

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EPJ
Grantsville, UT

I thought I might come up with a funny or interesting comment, . . . but I came up blank. (Comment denied).

Obviously you didn't "get" my light-hearted sarcastic humor, which was VERY much on topic for an article addressing the decrease in creativity in our society and especially among creative professionals; of which I am one, working as a Graphic Designer. This is on topic, AND funny, . . . especially to other creatives.

Anne26
West Jordan, UT

I sat behind a little boy at church on Sunday that was "coloring" using an app on his mother's tablet. He would choose a color and then touch where he wanted the color used. The color filled in the carefully outlined area. No fear of coloring outside the lines. I thought this was really sad.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Creativity busters:

* standardized testing
* cooperative grouping, teamwork, follow the crowd
* long hours sitting in schools
* technology addiction
* lack of independent time, and thinking

The trend of working in teams, have created a high percentage of followers, and few leaders.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

I have observed that every child starts life as a true original, but is born into a world in which political,social, and other kinds of "correctness" are more or less inculcated.

At school it gets worse as only certain opinions are accepted and others are censured. There are no works of scripture allowed, if I am not mistaken, you must believe in evolution, "liberal" politics, the approved view of global warming etc.

Politically you are confronted with a "two party system" which allows for only two opinions if party "whips" do their job of enforcing the party line at least.

TV shows tend to be formulaic; many new ideas for TV shows seem to be tested in the UK and adapted for American television if they are successful. However this study does suggest that the UK is also experiencing a decrease in creativity.

I think it has usually been more or less true that society makes "cookie-cutter people", but it seems it is getting worse than ever.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I agree with worf 100%.

What did we think would happen when with the NCLB Act and all of this standardized testing. it killed creative teaching an learning. It took the fun out of teaching and learning.

We have lost a sub generation of students. Let's not lose another decade of students. Stop the madness.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Creativity goes with independence.

If creativity is declining,--so is independence.

Just that simple.

Luke Nelson
West Valley City, UT

"Creativity busters:

* standardized testing
* cooperative grouping, teamwork, follow the crowd
* long hours sitting in schools
* technology addiction
* lack of independent time, and thinking

The trend of working in teams, have created a high percentage of followers, and few leaders."

-Worf

I agree with all of these points except for teamwork. Working in a team can enhance creativity. Groups are great places to bounce ideas off of each other and improve the end product. Independence is important for creativity, but the value of working in a team should not be disregarded.

worf
Mcallen, TX

@Luke Nelson--I can't say all team work is wrong, but for some learners, it's a hindrance. The balance of teamwork, and individuality varies among students.

For some, creativity doesn't surface, because time was spent with "give and taking" with group members. If the group doesn't except your ideas, than it may be lost. Many inventions, and scientific discoveries would never have been made.

Champions run alone.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

I would bet that the actual invention came from independent thinking while the actual innovation of the invention came from teamwork. There is room for both.

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