Suzie Boss writes that "if we're serious about preparing students to be innovators we have some work ahead. Getting students ready to tackle tomorrow's challenges means helping them develop a new set of skills and fresh ways of thinking." Student creativity is actually dropping according to the Torrance Test of Creative Thinking - it has been dropping since the 1990s. This test measures creative potential in art, literature, science, mathematics, leadership and interpersonal relationships. The test found that students with creative strengths are able to appreciate diversity and to see things from different angles. They are also able to connect seemingly irrelevant things. The test also measures other characteristics that appear to be linked with creative thinking such as as being energetic, talkative, unconventional, humourous, lively and passionate.
Unfortunately the many educational establishments don't value or encourage such behaviours. Traditional classrooms see these things as being disruptive to learning.