We need to encourage our children to be original. Education without creativity is more like indoctrination, we later have a generation with knowledge but lacking understanding. Failure gives us a room to try new ideas. We are not smarter, we just have a faster Internet connection (If you don’t agree, picture Galileo Galilei doing his research and calculations without the Internet).
It seems like our real lives end at the age of about 8 years old. We stop being original when we start the journey of our education system, the 8-4-4. There is competition, your parents (as well as your) teachers expect you to pass your exams e.t.c.
Don’t get me wrong, education is important, but education without creativity is more like indoctrination. Students cram for their examinations and like robots, recite content from curriculum books. They learn without understanding or questioning the foundations of the principles being taught.
While growing up, I used to always top in our class. I worked so hard to beat the competition in our class, to stay at the top, to get a kiss on my forehead at the last semester price giving day; I’d majestically walk up to the podium to receive gifts and lots of praises from the head-teacher to the staff.
You see, at a very tender age, we start to work very hard to be noticed, to please other people – our teachers, our parent and even strangers. We don’t live our lives, we are encouraged to feel less capable if we don’t score A’s in Maths, to always compete with other people, to believe everything we read/hear and most of it all, we fear to fail.
Creativity gives rise to innovation. Innovation is trying to think outside the box, if something you are working on fails the first time, second time, you keep on trying different solutions till it works. With our current education system, failing is not encouraged, it’s a sign of stupidity. Well, in reality, I mean in the real world, that is not the case – Thomas Edison tried and failed nearly 2,000 times to develop the carbonized cotton-thread filament for the incandescent light bulb. Here is the point, when asked about it, he said “I didn’t fail; I found out 2,000 ways how not to make a light bulb,” but he only needed one way to make it work.
We teach our kids how not to be themselves, loss originality and try hard to be “perfect“. As parents, the most important thing is – ”focus more on who your child is than on what your child does. Remember, you’re growing a person, not fixing a problem“ ~ L.R. Knost. If your child grows up to be a billionaire but at the same time lacks simple important traits like compassion, creativity, honesty and open-mindedness, you end up with another version of Donald Trump.
We are the most interconnected human beings in the history of all mankind on planet earth. We’ve got the Internet, at our fingertips, we can “google” about anything and get answers immediately, falsehood propagated in the interwebs (on Wikipedia and blogs) which we now consume and stand ready to argue without proper knowledge of the subject matter. We only read contents that reinforce our own beliefs and support our ignorance. Let our kids develop the culture of reading while they are still young, buy them books and show them the path of enlightenment – yeah, any road that leads to a library.
Let’s bring back Music, Arts & Craft back to our schools, creativity is a fuel for innovation. If you diligently follow the current education system to the end, without trying out other skills and talent, I promise you, you’ll end up being a professor, not a doctor, not a business person, not even a lawyer. We’ve all come across an antisocial weirdo, who suffer midlife crisis by the age of thirty (okay, this is a subject that needs it’s own blog post).
Don’t limit the ability of a child based on his or her end year exam score, encourage them to be creative, to question conventional wisdom, to explore their talents – you might just be shocked to realize how smart they are.
Creativity unlocks potential.