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I.Q. Scores Rising, Creativity Scores Falling

Sarah Murr

While research studies show that Intelligence Quotient (IQ) continues to increase with each new generation, creativity scores are decreasing. This fact should alarm everyone.

In fact, it has already gotten the attention of American business that desperately wants to – needs to – hire the brightest and the best to generate the next innovative ideas for products or services that will keep our businesses competitive in a global marketplace.

You may ask, “why are creativity scores decreasing?”

One possible answer comes from Sandra Ruppert, director of the Arts Education Partnership, a national coalition of arts, business, education, philanthropic, and government organizations who said, “We have a whole generation of teachers and parents who have not had the advantage of arts in their own education.”

So what does being creative have to do with an innovative workforce?

IBM’s 2010 survey of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the number one leadership competency for the workforce of the 21st century. However, tight state budgets and a lack of appreciation for what an arts education provides a young mind, and subsequently an adult mind, have resulted in the abandonment or near abandonment of arts programs across the nation.

We’re not talking about developing the next Leonardo da Vinci or Mozart, but we are talking about developing young people with an appreciation for the visual and performing arts that translates into and supports their careers in all fields making them well-rounded workers, parents, and patrons of the arts.

It’s well-known that a well-developed arts education teaches communications skills, teamwork, problem solving, responsibility, and the ability to adapt to change. All of these skills are considered critical by Boeing for its highly skilled workforce.

In a global economy that is driven by knowledge and ideas, arts education belongs at the forefront, complementing curriculum that will ultimately develop the next generation of innovators.

Where would we be today without the creative thinkers and problem solvers who have given us the life-changing digital age?

Providing comprehensive arts programs as early as pre-school will help nurture future generations of creative thinkers and problem solvers who will invent the next life-changing products or services.

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