Posted by: crudbasher | April 13, 2010

Do we want creative kids?

I love this posting.  In keeping with my theme from yesterday, we need to start thinking outside the box and start questioning every assumption in Education.  This great blog post from Jonah Lehrer talks about the value of daydreaming.  Now I understand that in our current education model we need to have order in the classroom.  However, isn’t order sometimes the enemy of creativity?  If that is the case, then what wins?  Order or creativity?

  • Do we want creative kids?

    tags: Education, profound

    • Everybody wants a creative child – in theory. The reality of creativity, however, is a little more complicated, as creative thoughts tend to emerge when we’re distracted, daydreaming, disinhibited and not following the rules. In other words, the most imaginative kids are often the trouble-makers.
    • interesting study,
    • While the teachers said they wanted creative kids in their classroom, they actually didn’t.
    • the classroom isn’t designed for impulsive expression
    • Instead, it’s all about obeying group dynamics and exerting focused attention.
    • In a culture obsessed with efficiency, daydreaming is derided as a lazy habit or a lack of discipline
    • In recent years, however, it’s become clear that daydreaming is actually an important element of the creative process, allowing the brain to remix ideas, explore counterfactuals and turn the spotlight of attention inwards.
    • A daydream is that “fountain spurting,” as the brain mixes together ideas, memories and concepts that are normally filed away in discrete mental folders.
    • The solution, I suppose, is rather banal: we really do need arts education in our schools, if only to give kids a break from this one-size-fits-all model of thinking

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  1. I think schools need to look more like the Google/Pixar work model where play, day dreaming and creativity are encouraged. Even the atmosphere encourages creativity. What do rows of desks encourage?

    • Yeah that’s a great point. I like that at Google they can spend 20% of their time working on their own projects. A lot of the best Google apps have come from that system. Why can’t we let kids choose some of their own activities? Alas, the current system can’t handle something like that. Home schooling can though. I really think we are entering a golden age for home schooling.

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