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Monday, October 11, 2010

Do Schools Kill Creativity?

No matter what your political, religious, or socio-economic status is - if you aren't concerned about our country and our world - you need to peak your head out of whatever bubble you have been living in.

It is safe to say that we have profound and complicated problems to deal with, both as individuals and as a society, for the short and long term.

*insert your most important/pressing/scary problem here* and think about why it is a problem.

Now think about how you are going to solve it.

Keep thinking.

I'm still waiting.

Let me guess - no answer huh?

That is okay.

We don't have to have all the answers.

And most of the world's problems won't have quick,easy, and elegant solutions.

However, all of them will require a great deal of creativity - more creativity and daring then we have ever mustered in the past.

Therefore, the most valuable thing we can teach our children and practice for ourselves is how to be creative.

People confuse being creative with knowing how to draw or play an instrument. Creativity is learning how to look at the world in an unexpected way. It is knowing not just what an object or issue is, but also everything that got that object to be there and everything that the object might be.

Most importantly creativity is the ability to solve problems.

Clearly we have problems.

The question is will be able to muster the creativity to solve them.'

(P.S. if you do have a creative solution to an important problem please leave a comment and tell us!)


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