Systematic Suppression of Creative Genius

Orbiting the Giant Hairball

How many artists are there in the room? Would you please raise your hands.
FIRST GRADE: En mass the children leapt from their seats, arms waving. Every child was an artist. SECOND GRADE: About half the kids raised their hands, shoulder high, no higher. The hands were still. THIRD GRADE: At best, 10 kids out of 30 would raise a hand, tentatively, self-consciously. By the time I reached SIXTH GRADE, no more than one or two kids raised their hands, and then ever so slightly, betraying a fear of being identified by the group as a ‘closet artist.’ The point is: Every school I visited was participating in the systematic suppression of creative genius.

— Gordon MacKenzie, Orbiting the Giant Hairball

  1 comment for “Systematic Suppression of Creative Genius

  1. 23 Jan 2007 at 7:21 pm

    This is an excellent quote from an excellent book, one that changed my life, or at least, the way I look at Corporate America.

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