Jan 4, 2016

How to kill creativity

I promised not to click on bigthink.com anymore. But, ooops! it happened again!
"We need to teach kids creative thinking. And we're teaching them the opposite" - "...the basis of education is not answers, but questions" (this specific quote is by Lawrence Krauss on Big Think but could come from anybody with a brain mushy enough to devour the latest coelhoisms on that site).
Guys. No. Go borrow the 3 to 10 year old kids from your neighbours (your neighbours will love you!). Pack them into your car and drive a few miles. Once they overcome shyness and see that you might look funny but you are a possible source of information, they will bombard you with questions. Rapid fire questions. Relentlessly. Kids are asking questions!
The task is not to teach those critters creative thinking (what should that be? show them a conventional textbook way to be unconventional?) - the task is to give them access to as much knowledge and as diverse answers as possible so that their very own creativity can play and blossom. What turns this curiosity and creativity (or even strangeness) into a real power is: knowledge, information, understanding.
Just resist to try to streamline everything. And don't touch creativity! It will selfdestruct.

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