New Year – Incorporating Creativity

It’s back to school time in our household. Thus, conversations tend to center around all of the tasks each of us needs to get done — prior to Monday. Somehow, in the midst of those tasks, my husband has taken time to begin reading the book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler. Mike received this book when he attended an educator’s day hosted by Burns and McDonnell in Kansas City.

During breakfast conversation, Mike picks up the book and reads a quote from it about what education needs to look like in order to prepare students for their future:

In a rapidly changing technological culture and an ever-growing information-based economy, creative ideas are the ultimate resource. Yet our educational system does little to nourish this resource.

Moreover, our current system is built around fact-based learning, but the Internet makes almost every fact desirable instantly available. This means we’re training our children in skills they rarely need, while ignoring those they absolutely do. Teaching kids how to nourish their creativity and curiosity, while still providing a sound foundation in critical thinking, literacy and math, is the best way to prepare them for a future of increasingly rapid technological change. (Emphasis – mine)

Shortly after discussing this quote, I read the blog: Video: Dead Poets Society on Thinking Outside of the Box. The author, Larry Fetlazzo, shares a video clip from Dead Poet’s society about teaching about creativity and also about thinking outside the box. Take time to click thru to the blog and watch the clip.

In thinking about the challenges posed by both the quote from Abundance and the video clip from Dead Poet’s Society, I’m thankful that I work with educators who already ask students to be creativity in a variety of ways. But, I’m also thankful that those same educators will reflect on their current teaching practices and look for ways to add more creativity, critical thinking and problem solving to their curriculum.

That’s one of the main reasons I love my job!

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