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Has the goal of primary education become to prepare children and young adults for college? Why is that? Does that lead them to their passion? Possilbly. For some, you could answer that with, “Yes, yes it does!” But what about those individuals whose interests do not fall into the academic categories that have been deemed “acceptable.”
Creativity has been described by Ken Robinson as “applied imagination” with imagination being defined as “the most powerful force that we have as humans.” Creativity is encouraged in the arts. But are the arts encouraged enough? Conversely, are we doing enough to encourage creativity in all areas (including science, math, technology, etc.)?
How can we get out of the way of children in developing their passions; without imposing our own expectations of who we think they can and should be?
We are all naturally drawn to different things. Maybe we should watch children more and put more effort toward reading what they are trying to tell us. Give them the space they need to grow without over-programming them.