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What do Monet, Edison, Churchill, and Einstein have in common?

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Monet was "turbulent and irreverent in school, especially in drawing class."


Edison said he "was always at the foot of the class."

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Churchill was considered a "school failure."


Einstein was thought to be "adrift forever in his foolish dreams."

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Yet, their creativity transformed the world.


Source: Goertzel, Goertzel, and Hansen (2004). Cradles of Eminence. Scottsdale, AZ: Great Potential Press.

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Most people agree that creativity is essential to survive and thrive in today's world, too.

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78% of college-educated workers over 25 wish they had more creative ability.

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94% of hiring managers consider creativity when hiring job candidates. Creative applicants are preferred, 5-to-1.

CEOs identify creativity as the #1 leadership quality needed for success.


Sources: Seeking Creative Candidates: Hiring for the Future, Adobe. September 2014. | IBM 2010 Global CEO study

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However, student creativity is declining.

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Measurable creativity has declined significantly since 1990, especially for kindergarteners through sixth graders. 

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This makes it especially hard for independent thinkers and other "square peg" students to thrive in school.


Source: Kyung Hee Kim (2011): The creativity crisis: The decrease in creative thinking scores on the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, Creativity Research Journal, 23(4), 285-295

 
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The good news is that there are easy ways to foster creative thinkers and problem solvers outside and inside the classroom.

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