This is a subject that has been on my mind lately, ever since I attended the seminar at the OLA Super Conference on Creative Thinking. My daughter (in 8th grade) just wrote her public speaking speech on why schools are not living up to the mandate of teaching students to think for themselves.And on Monday, I posted this article about Finland moving away from a subject-based curriculum to a topic-based one, in order to stay relevant in this ever changing world. As well, I have been thinking of the idea of “future scenarios” in education, as outlined by this savvy blogger.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could combine the idea of “deliberate creativity” of Gerard Puccio and his International Centre for Studies in Creativity, the practical tips in the article below to engage students by asking them to come up with solutions for the water crisis or how to end war?
Learning specific skills doesn’t have as much value in today’s world. Learning how to be more creative prepares students for life beyond the classroom.