Systematic Suppression of Creative Genius

22 Sep 2006 /
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

One Comment on Systematic Suppression of Creative Genius »

  1. 23 Jan 2007 @ 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.

TrackBack URI

RSS feed for comments on this post

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

%d bloggers like this: