I recently was honored to present at a workshop on creativity in south central Wisconsin, where creatively gifted high school students are gearing up for a Global Biomimicry Design Challenge as part of a Department of Public Instruction Gifted and Talented Grant. Creativity is at the heart of this challenge, and our workshop focus was to help prepare teachers to guide students through the incubation of ideas, process, and product design of viable solutions to world problems, using biomimicry as the platform.
In preparation for this workshop, I read widely, concentrating on tried-and-true research on theory and practice, as well as some of today’s most cutting-edge research. As I prepared, I was especially struck by an article in Psychology Today entitled: As Children’s Freedom Has Declined, So Has Their Creativity:
New research suggests that American schoolchildren are becoming less creative, and I chose to share this article for discussion with the educators at the workshop. The discussion was rich, deep, and varied, and left me with questions to pose to you, as parents, educators, and creatively gifted readers:
Do you really believe that children’s freedom has declined? If so, how, and why? If not, why not?
As always, I hope that this foray into other ideas, and then linking them to the gifted perspective, has made you think. I welcome hearing from you!
Gifted in Perspective
A column designed to link the gifted perspective to other perspectives, and to make you think.