The School Revolution: The complicated relationship between school and creativity


Adults think they are not creative but children do, broadly speaking that tends to be true.

How creative do you think you are on a scale of 1 to 10?

In many ways, children flourish where adults fail.

Children are more creative and are natural inventors.

Their worldview is incomplete and demands discovery.

They prosper because they embrace their ignorance instead of ignoring it.

And they are willing to explore, investigate and put their ideas to the test because they are willing to fail.

Unlike adults, they don’t care how other people perceive or evaluate their ideas, and they’re unconcerned with the impossible or what doesn’t work.

It seems like our curiosity levels diminishes as we grow older. Either we get tired of asking questions, or we think as we get answers, we run out of questions.

Growing up, to be sure, has its benefits. As we age, our intellect sharpens and willpower strengthens.

We come to control our thoughts and desires.

We identify goals and hone our skills.

But growing up comes at a cost: we lose our naiveté that facilitates creativity and idea generation.

As we grow up, we tend to insulate ourselves from taking chances and being wrong, it is as if the margin of error is small. Small because we don’t want to be ridiculed and shamed by our peers.

A study conducted between 1959 and 1964 involving 350 children found that around 4th grade our tendency to daydream and wonder declines sharply.

Picasso was right: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Age does not necessarily squander our creative juices, but when we make the leap from pre school to middle school our worldview becomes more realistic and cynical.

The question is: What did Steve Jobs, Shuttleworth, and Steven Spielberg do differently? How do we maintain our naiveté?

Looks like something happens to our creative spirit between pre-school and by the time the graduates the join the work force.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

Ps: At Lora Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship we challenging our learners to ask questions, to ignite the creative spirit, we don’t learn by the textbook, we explore and question.

At Lora Centre, the question is not are you a genius, the question is at what are you a genius because we know that everyone is a genius.

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