Ok, so I’m going to get a little philosophical on you for a second…
Last weekend I was reading this article in New York Times by Adam Grant. The article, which is about how to raise creative children, I found to be super interesting, especially since we’ve been talking a lot about working differently, and how we can all bring more creativity into our lives.
Grant argues that the best thing to do to foster a creative child into being a creative adult is to back off. He sites multiple studies about how our creativity gets crushed when we get sucked into practice and rules, totally trapping us into “familiar ways of thinking.” I don’t know about you guys but it’s something we struggle with all the time at the studio! Sometimes we have great ideas, and then when we get back to work, we get sucked into the daily routine and all of that creativity just goes out the window. But sometimes, when we are feeling extra passionate about something, we can make it happen.
All of this reminds me of a class I took in college on American Philosophy, which is essentially the theory of Pragmatism. There is an American philosopher named John Dewey who was well know for his education method, which says that children should be educated through discovery—as you let them explore and they show a natural interest in a subject or area, that you then educate them about that thing or subject. It plays to our natural interests, rather than forcing a liberal arts education, and inherently brings more passion into learning. Not having kids anytime soon, but it’s something I’ve always thought about…
So what do you think? For those of you with kids, is this something you’ve thought about? I’m so curious!
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