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Shailesh Mudda

Senior Software Consultant, Tieto India Pvt Ltd

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Children's schools should have an "Imagination" period

I feel,When you Imagine things, You create things.All new innovative things starts with an imagination.
Most of the people now are so engrossed in their day to day lives and their perspective have become so narrow, they hardly question things which then stops innovation.
A session/class/period where Children given a random abstract/real world topic/situation, should imagine things in their own way as they see it in their world and explain how they have interpreted it to the class.This would help expand their imaginative skill and hence creativity and would generate more ideas. And when they grow they would cultivate this as a habit and apply their ideas in the real world.

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  • May 13 2012: No. It does not work like that You want a creative child with awesome problem solving skills? You already have one. All this grown up JabberJabber and hoop jumping destroys all that natural ability. And in minutes, if not a flash of a second.

    Kids don't understand Big World. You obliquely propose high school assignments here. Around 15 to 16 years old. The age of ruining that ability is about two to twelves years.

    I taught at that school as well as attending it. Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Its been ruined by social climbing parents last I saw, but I've been trained from both ends. This is how it works.

    Keep your mouths shut.

    From the bureaucracy leaning posting I see here, you all say too many words. "Oh, a picture of a tree!" you cry in glee! Well your seven year old drew a dog. Smackdown! And he just learned to conform or else. They're quick little studies.

    Try "Tell me about your picture?" Your young ones personality might have a chance if s/he gets a safe space to take risks, where s/he is in control, or better yet- there is no control. Parents, I swear! The biggest impediments to educating your kid. You don't want to do Maths with 'em, just NEVER give them a seconds space to fail!

    Well, that's what's needed. A safe space to fail. With out you in the way. I mean mess up in Art class, or give a bad performance in Pretend. (Lower school for theatre.) No criticism, prompting, or bitching about colors on the walls. All that rote math, grammer, history, anybody can do that. Go to town. But if they find it hateful, ask what you're doing wrong first.

    You think the arts aren't important? Where do you think children learn to think abstractly for the first time? Solve problems? Build the Palace to use through life? And we let them paint all over the walls and doors so maybe they won't at home, provoking you into a demonstration that the stage set called home is more important than their amazing world of possibilities. Smackdown II.
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      May 13 2012: Madam,I respect and understand your point of view and I completely agree with you.
      My intention is not to make them solve world problems, not to make them creative genius, not to make them intelligent. And I am not planning to make them Einstiens.And As you said my proposal is for 10 - above age group.And I am not against arts or any subject for that matter.
      I would rather want to help them to enable or make them capable enough to understand the things going around them with practical application. And by practical application, i dont mean rockets/atom boms. Those would be the things that would help them understand and see possibilities/opportunities/options through "imagination" and beyond.
      People see failure as their incapability to do something on their own from the knowledge they have gained through years. Because they have never been trained to create/innovate/make things or see through current system.

      I have friends persuing Chemical Engg, toppers in College, requesting me to teach JAVA/C++ to them because they see no scope in their fields. They see I.T. as the next big thing. They dont know what to do with their education.

      Mine is just an IDEA.It needs polishing.I dont have much experience in teaching.I have not started implementing anything as such.I would surely require guidance from experienced people like you and others.
      • May 14 2012: I appreciate your effort to start an IDEA which needs polishing and we need more ideas like this. But what we want more is a bit of sincere work attached with that idea.
        A wall never evolves. Nor does a rock ever evolve. Humans evolve and so does human ideas. Its difficult to train or develop ADULTS because they have evolved much further but a CHILD is yet to evolve and you can mould them unlike ADULTS. What nowadays they lack is a PLATFORM. What you are talking about is providing that platform which is unusual and GREAT. I believe that A GOOD IDEA SHOULD NEVER BE VIOLATED AND ACTED UPON. No matter from where it comes.
    • May 14 2012: Mmm. I`m in Japan, where children`s minds are being filled into little multiple choice bubbles. What ever happened to daydreaming, cloud-watching, imagining? I support any effort to put more of that back in the schools, homes, parks, minds. A good teacher could be a good guide to another space in which to imagine new possibilities. This kind of guided imagining has a valuable place in education, especially in higher grades where students may be able to synthesize material and come to conclusions on their own, rather than being spoon fed it. They would certainly remember it better by having imagined it themselves, and probably have some other ideas floating around that are related - some beautiful tangents. Where are we as humans without creativity? I try not to imagine that, lest I become despondent.

      The problem is, are children`s (and many adults` as well) days too filled (with scattered activity, with TV, with internet, with...) to allow time for daydreaming, for imagining, for deep-thinking, for remembering? The last few minutes of Joshua Foer`s speech are worth thinking about.

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