We want divergent thinking in education


Here's another post on divergent thinking, lateral and conceptual thinking.

Ok, I'm getting on my Soapbox!


It's time we think differently about how we educate our children.

You might think "no shit, Sherlock" but stay with me:

The more we learn about different types of personalities, the more insanely crazy it seems to have school systems that are geared towards, and celebrates only one type of personality:

The Academically intelligent

I don't have the answer to how we can reinvent the entire education systems, and change the beliefs and attitudes of politicians, headteachers, teacher, parents, and others.

But here's someone who does: Sir Ken Robinson.

Sir Ken Robinson, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation and human resources in education and in business. (Taken from his bio page)

Listen to what he has to say.

Just watch this video. Please just do it. 

It's 11 minutes long but trust me, it will expand your mind.

How scary is it, that we fill our kids with medicine if they don't master 1 thing: to focus?

We expect them to focus in a world of interruptions that we have created and we ourselves can't focus in. What's that about?

We should pay more attention to the diversity in personalities.

What is Divergent thinking

Sir Ken talks about divergent thinking in the talk. What does that mean?

According to Wikipedia"divergent thinking is a method used to generate creative ideas by exploring many possible solutions." Like brainstorming.

"Psychologists have found that a high IQ alone does not guarantee creativity. Instead, personalitytraits that promote divergent thinking are more important.

Divergent thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks and persistence."

Sound familiar?

Does divergent thinkers = multi-passionates?

There is something interesting to look into here.

You, my dear fellow multi-passionate, are in demand!

I feel like shouting this from the rooftops. Honestly, I get so agitated talking about education, and I am regularly budding heads with some of my children's teachers. And it's not just their fault. They are products of a system, which is hard to be up against.

That's why Sir Ken's work is so important.

We need more focus on creativity. And curiosity. And diversity.

The future of education will hopefully change. Not in my children's school time, but hopefully for their children's.