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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Does Success in the Future Depend on Creativity?

The article had a great headline which caught my interest, "Creativity a key to future success." I clicked the article hoping for confirmation of my own beliefs. While I wish there were more "meat and potatoes" as far as facts and evidence, I basically agree with the article. I have been advocating against so-called standards that force teachers to teach their children to pass tests otherwise the teacher loses their job. 

Unfortunately, our society values "metrics"-numbers which are relied on to bolster our point of views and our beliefs. Measurements can be manipulated easily to skew to a certain direction and often the same statistics can have many different interpretations. Measurements that depend on data can be rendered useless if the data isn't complete. We've all seen health news backed by drug companies who have an obvious interest in data that promotes their own product.

As long as there is time for children to dream, ask questions, and get involved with creative play that doesn't involve the "one right answer" we give them a chance to look for different and inventive solutions to problems. The innovative entrepreneur needs room to grow and it may as well start in grade school. 

To read the entire article, click here.