Creativity is on the decline, according to Dr. Kyung Hee Kim, an educational psychologist at The College of William and Mary. School kills creativity by cutting arts, music and programs and teaching to the test.
In this short but most insightful video, Dr. Kim opines that creativity is killed by teaching to the test in classrooms among other things. Students need to be engaged to learn and with that should come free expression, not militant rules designed to make students sit quietly and obey.
Dr. Kim’s wiki page with more videos and her research provide ample arguments against standardized testing and the culture of teaching to the test is worth reviewing.
A recent article in which she is mentioned supports refusing the test:
“Unfortunately, creativity is on the decline, according to Dr. Kyung Hee Kim, an educational psychologist at The College of William and Mary.
She analyzed the scores of schoolchildren in kindergarten through 12th grade on a battery of measures of creativity.
The results indicated that “creative thinking is declining over time among Americans of all ages, especially in kindergarten through third grade. The decline is steady and persistent, from 1990 to present,” she wrote, in a report titled “The Creativity Crisis.”
One culprit identified by Kim?
The increased emphasis on standardized testing.
A more in depth piece on the the study Creativity Crisis and findings by Dr. Kim