Doublethink: The Creativity-Testing Conflict

Source: EdWeek, Jul 2012

what brings great test scores may hamper entrepreneurial qualities. Standardized
testing and a focus on rote memorization, for example, are perhaps the biggest enemies of entrepreneurial capability.

Standardized testing rewards the ability to find the “correct answer” and thus discourages
creativity, which is about asking questions and challenging the status quo. A narrow and
uniform curriculum deprives children of opportunities to explore and experiment with their
interest and passion, which is the foundation of entrepreneurship. Constantly testing children
and telling them they are not good enough depletes their confidence, which is the fuel of
innovation. So, by any account, what policymakers have put in place in American schools is
precisely what is needed to cancel out their desire for creative and entrepreneurial talents.


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