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Creative Thinking Develops a Lifelong Love of Learning
- February 16, 2017
- Posted by: yorktown
- Category: Innovation in the Classroom
Believe it or not, we are all born with creative ability. Think about your childhood when you probably had the most fun. You might have been in the middle of creating something amazing that other people thought was wacky or weird. But that didn’t stop your drive to create. Inventing, imagining, creating and having fun along the way kept you going.
Early school days proved somewhat stimulating and you could compete or team up with your classmates on a few creative projects. But moving into the higher classes at school was not as much fun. It was more about following instructions and everyone doing the same thing prescribed by the teacher.
Sadly, your creative thinking skills were put on hold and not allowed to flourish. Your brain slowly grew away from the stimulation of creative thinking and landed in a less colorful, gray area often referred to as required curriculum.
What we know now is that diminishing human creativity is tantamount to quashing brilliant potential before it’s had time to develop.
Human capacity for creative thinking is an advantage that no animal or supercomputer can match — at least not yet; although, IBM’s Watson may yet rise to the challenge.
The fact that creativity is not nurtured throughout public education is an ongoing reason for concern. As students become more detached and disinterested in what public education has to offer, they miss the opportunity of discovering their creative potential and what inspires them. Creative thinking opens doors and minds. It puts students in a less passive mode and frees them to openly, assertively seek (and find) what truly motivates them and makes them happy.
Because, in large part, the internet has revolutionized the world of information, more knowledge is available to everyone. However, the raw potential that we have access to must be guided and shaped. Generations of children who have never known a world without computers or the internet want education that stimulates their minds and engages their imaginations.
That’s where creative thinking can serve as an adjunct to more in-depth learning. Instead of simply following a repetitive system of education that’s the same for everyone, it allows students to absorb new knowledge and experiences that help them to discover their own uniqueness.
In a world where change is constant, creative thinking is an excellent way to cope with it. After all, creativity itself activates and adapts to change. Allowing students to experience learning through creative thinking is a much-needed change in public education and instills a lifelong love of learning.