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Program History

In 1974, the administrators of Central High School in Athens, Georgia, invited Dr. E. Paul Torrance to work with some of their gifted students. This invitation provided an excellent opportunity for Torrance, recognized internationally for his work in creativity and gifted education, to address two of his foremost concerns: the decline of creativity among Americans and the lack of interest in the future.


Combining the creative problem solving process developed by Alex Osborn and Sidney Parnes with some potential problems of the future, Torrance launched what has grown to become one of the largest international programs for capable students, the Future Problem Solving Program.