You’re Wrong! If you think your child is not creative

Mukul Dixit
Mukul Dixit
5 Aug, 21 · 4 min read
You’re Wrong! If you think your child is not creative

What is Creativity?


“I am not a creative person”. How many times do you use this phrase when you are given a task which requires a little imagination. But you are wrong; you don’t know what creativity is. Maybe because when you were young someone told you that if you can’t draw you are not creative.

Creativity is the ability to imagine something and acting on it to make it real. It includes two things, Thinking & Producing.

You woke up this morning, went to the kitchen to cook something, saw almost no ingredients but was still able to make something yummy for kids — that’s creative.

You saw a “0” printed in place of “8”, you took a black pen and changed that “0” to “8”. No reprinting. Paper saved. Ink saved — that’s creative

We all have done this, right. Creativity is intrinsic. Every human is born with it. Each of these examples required the use of imagination and experience to apply a creative solution to a problem or challenge. We’ve got to stop selling ourselves short. We artificially hold ourselves back by giving up on imaginative thinking just because we’re not portrait-artists.

Artistic ability includes skills and talent to create fine works of art: painting, drawing, sculpting, musical composition, etc. Creativity ability is the skill and talent to use our imagination to create and solve. All better artists are creative. But all creatives are not artists.
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Why are we talking so much about creativity today?


We are more global than ever. The marketplace is changing rapidly, and in the words of Intel Chairman, Andrew Grove, companies must “Adapt or Die!” Every organisation needs people — at every level — who can bring new ideas to the table.

According to LinkedIn analysis, Creativity tops the list of — Most In-Demand Skills — today. And it is limited to design-related roles but across all business roles, from software engineering to HR.

According to a Global study by IBM which included 1500 CEOs across 60 countries and 33 industries; Creativity is the — Most Crucial Skill for Future Success.

World Economic Forum’s — Future of Jobs Survey 2020- lists Innovation, Problem Solving, and Creativity among the top 5 skills.

We are living in the Creative Age. Creativity is not only important for an individual but also for a community, nation, and the world.

The Global Creativity Index (GCI) report shows that Creativity has a direct correlation with a nation’s prosperity. Countries that support creativity rank high in GCI and are happier, more healthy, have high living standards, have low inequality, have high levels of education, have more entrepreneurs, and have high GDP. Countries and their economies could only succeed if they are driven by innovation and creativity. India ranks 99 in the GCI.
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The Creativity Gap


Firstly, you shouldn’t doubt that creativity is a skill but not some god gifted thing. So if this is so natural, it must be available in abundance. Then why are we crying about a lack of creative skills?

Because our education system is killing it!!!

A test was conducted on kids of different age groups starting from age 3 up to age 15. It was the same test that was designed for recruiting engineers & scientists at NASA. Here are the findings of these tests:

Test results amongst 5-year-olds: 98%

Test results amongst 10-year-olds: 30%

Test results amongst 15-year-olds: 12%

The same test is given to 280,000 adults: 2%

“What we have concluded,” wrote George Land, who conducted the test, “is that non-creative behaviour is learned.”
Image: NASA Creativity Test Pass Rates
Image: NASA Creativity Test Pass Rates
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What can we do to bridge this gap?


The good news is that Creativity can be taught. Everything can be achieved if the process is followed. And processes can be taught through practice. Ideas can be generated through a Process; Actions can be executed through a Process; Users can be studied through a Process; Product can be developed through a process.

If we want to bridge the creativity gap, we need to take measures where it will take the least effort, will impact the most, and will sustain long-term i.e. kids. We just need to avoid, as parents, teachers, and schools, becoming creative killers. We need to engage each kid in the process of creation, by providing them with maximum opportunities, resources, and support to start creating something.

Education can be the key driver to achieve this. By changing the focus
  • From Outcomes to Process.
  • From Memorising to Making.
  • From Teaching to Mentoring.
  • From Information to Imagination.
  • From Content to Skills.
  • From Subjects to Projects.
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Mukul Dixit
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