Social conformity, the idea that we have to be who society tells us we should be, begins in children as young as six. (Sun and Yu, 2016) Social conformity has benefits but it can also have long term drawbacks primarily related to the ability of adults to create novel and unique solutions to complex challenges. Conformity prizes uniformity, but variation creates innovation. (Uzzi, 2013) Encouraging children to embrace variation leads to more creativity, ingenuity and, ultimately, success individually and for society.
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