Do Teachers Kill Creativity?

Posted by cmares28 Dec 27, 2011

From Marginal Revolution: "the characteristics that teachers use to describe their favorite student correlate negatively with the characteristics associated with creativity. In addition, although teachers say that they like creative students, teachers also say creative students are “sincere, responsible, good-natured and reliable.” In other words, the teachers don’t know what creative students are actually like.

As a result, schooling has a negative effect on creativity."

Personally I am sympathetic to the argument. Any form of standardized instruction and thought is going to kill creative instincts. This is especially true at the university level where far too often the students who receive the best marks (especially when writing) are those who are best able to regurgitate what the instructor has said.

Here is the paper: Creativity:
An Asset or Burden in the Classroom?

Here are some other links affirming the hypotheses:


Robin Hanson: Schools Aren't Creative and The Myth of Creativity


A Harvard Business School Working Paper from Francesca Gino and Dan Ariel- "The Dark Side of Creativity."


From TED talks, Sir Ken Robinson on "Do Schools Kill Creativity?"


Some stuff on Creativity:


From John Cleese.


Want Increase Creativity? Get On a Plane.

As always comments and criticisms are welcomed. Happy Reading!