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Education and Creativity June 18, 2010

Filed under: Cards — neepaparikh @ 5:49 pm
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Location: Coin drain

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Dear Perfect Stranger,

I hope that you are doing well and if not, I hope this note serves as a pick-me-up during your day.

I’d like to tell you a little bit about my views on education and creativity. I’m sure you can agree that children possess some pretty extraordinary capabilities. Some children that we see on TV or read about have extraordinary dedication and have found a talent. But really, all kids have exceptional talents. They’re just squandered and squished at a young age. Creativity is as important in our education system as is say, literacy. You see, kids will take a chance. If they don’t know, they’ll guess. Kids aren’t afraid of being wrong. Not that being wrong makes something creative, no. What I mean is that if you don’t accept that you might be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. By the time we become adults, we’ve lost the ability to try things out without worry. We end up becoming scared of being wrong. We run everything from education to governments to companies like this. Mistakes are stigmatized. Our current education systems run with the belief that mistakes are the worst thing you can make. The problem here is that we are teaching children to let go of their creative capacities. We’re allowing children to grow out of their creativity, their originality and innovation. What do you think?

Sincerely,

Your friendly picker upper.

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One Response to “Education and Creativity”

  1. William Hausen Says:

    It’s fun to watch kids enjoy and marvel in things that we tend to overlook as we get older. To think that the trend of streamlining one’s thoughts and ideas to fit an existing “truth” as we age, extends back through to children, is troubling.

    I think that the longer that glint of creativity and wonder remains in a child’s eyes, the longer he/she will have to develop a system of observing the world in a way that will allow him/her to contribute in truly unique and important ways.

    I hope that you and I can do our part to contribute to a world where the world’s children are given an environment to explore fearlessly, and think limitlessly.

    PS: I admire your work.


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