Mental Exercise Crucial To Enhancing Children’s Creativity
Creativity can go a long way toward furthering a person’s personality, career and overall persona. It can ultimately define one person from the next, but sadly researchers are finding that children are losing their sense of creativity and imagination. For this reason, mental exercise has never been quite as important as it is today.
Sadly, this ultimately goes back to the parents who are raising their children wrong and the teachers for poorly educating the students. The younger generation is gradually slipping as video games are taking over the imagination that books can provide.
There is no denying the fact that creativity is innate; some are more creative than others. At the same time, it must be nurtured and practiced frequently in order to grow. If someone does not consistently use the imaginary side of the brain, it will falter in the long run. And for those who start off on the weak side, applying mental exercise daily will strengthen their creativity.
There have been some doctors and researchers who feel the problem begins with testing standards in school. Most tests provide one single answer that is correct to the question with everything else wrong. This leaves little room for creativity or an unexpected thought.
Another study that has gained recognition is the Torrance test, which measures the aspect of creativity called divergent thinking. Through this test, the three things scored are fluency (the total number of meaningful ideas generated), originality and elaboration.
What the researcher has found is that scores from the Torrance test are decreasing while SAT scores are increasing. And of course, there are a multitude of other problematic areas within the school system hampering creativity.Continued on the next page