26 May Why are we still celebrating fear?
Design Thinking essentially emphasises the importance of making mistakes and being able to learn from them through a cyclic approach. Such a system can be extremely beneficial for early childhood education as it will allow for children to learn from mistakes and embrace the joys of learning.
But experts believe that such a system is actually defeating the purpose of education. What sort of society are we building if fear is going to become the prime motivator? Competitiveness is an important aspect, but not in a setting that promotes curriculum excellence. Curriculum excellence is a concept wherein we are forced into a box and shackled by fear. What the world and my nephew need right now is a large dose of creative confidence. Creative confidence emphasises the need to have fun when you learn. Creative confidence takes that box and kicks it open; old-school administrators will believe that that box can become like a Pandora’s box without confines, but a lot of experts and innovators believe that creativity is going to ooze out when the box is pried open.
So the question that arises is, how are we supposed to get from point A to point Z without having to go through 25 other rungs. The answer is quite simple; we give students the one thing that they have been deprived of since the beginning of time; the ability to choose. Some children love how the present system works while some children hate that they have to go through a system that doesn’t entice them to learn. The question that I am going to leave you with is as follows: How long are we going to judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree?