American creativity is declining according to a recent Newsweek article. The article says that America is embracing rote learning just as China is embracing creativity.
In China there has been widespread education reform to extinguish the drill-and-kill teaching style. … When faculty of a major Chinese university asked [Jonathan] Plucker to identify trends in American education, he described our focus on standardized curriculum, rote memorization, and nationalized testing. “After my answer was translated, they just started laughing out loud,” Plucker says. “They said, ‘You’re racing toward our old model. But we’re racing toward your model, as fast as we can.’ ”
Ken Robinson argues in his TED Talk that rather than encourage creativity, schools kill it.