Creativity is the root of all progress: It fosters innovation, it allows for development, it is the impetus for evolution, not to mention revolution, and it is at the root of all change. Therefore, creativity must be encouraged and preserved at all cost. This is very easy to articulate and everyone can understand it and appreciate the thought, but how do we actually put words into action? The problem is that creativity is the exact opposite of regulation, policy, planning, and oversight. The more we try to institutionalize creativity the less creativity we will foster, and there in lies the irony: We cannot institutionalize creativity.
So, obviously, my proposition that we all must foster creativity would appear to be a contradiction. Left alone, it is; however, I intend to clarify my position so that the contradiction disappears. One of the things that we need to do is to remove all barriers that inhibit creativity. What are these? For one, standardized tests to “measure” the progress of our children and standardized education is something that we must resist. Standardized education helps to unify and equalize education levels among the masses, and helps to reduce the number of underachievers and lackluster performers. However, this is not without cost, because standardized education is also very effective at eliminating the super-achievers and the exceptional talents among our children.
This is accomplished by holding back the ambitions and the progress desired by these super-achievers and exceptional talents, because the teacher is not rewarded for producing these exceptional children, but punished for producing too many underachievers, according to these standardized test. Also, due to the incentives of the teachers, teachers no longer teach. Instead they structure their “lessons” to maximize test scores. This may work to reduce underachievers — according to test results — but this does absolutely nothing to promote the growth and learning of potential super-achievers and exceptional talents. Also, the standardized tests may indicate that underachievers are performing better, but this is a complete fallacy, because knowing how to score better for standardized tests doesn’t mean that children are learning anything useful. And, this is one of the saddest of all unintended consequences of our education system: Not only does our current education system fail the future stars of our society and economy, but it also fails the underachievers and the average amongst our children. So, how do we fix this?
It won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap, but fix it we must. The simplest solution is to separate our children according to their innate abilities. If a child shows academic talent then the child should be allowed to progress through our academic education system as quickly as the child is capable of doing so and let the child find that which truly interests them whether it be science, math, economics, finance, law, or medicine, or art, music, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, history, english, linguistics or any other field of human endeavor. On the other hand, if a child shows no talent for or interest in academic achievements, we need to find that which is the life calling for that child and help them towards that objective and it matters not whether the child is best suited for manufacturing, retail services, a career as a mechanic, plumber, or electrician, a career in construction, waste management, mining, energy, the military or any other skilled or unskilled career.
However, we must also change our attitude towards careers and the people that work in those careers. As much as it is a shame that a person who is supposed to be a Nobel Award-caliber scientist works as a untalented musician or even a talented musician, it is equally sad that a well-educated but slimy individual becomes a financially successful lawyer, financier, or doctor. Yet, too few of us can even comprehend the fact that financial success is not always a reflection of the person’s full potential, let alone a reflection of their Six Pillars. Therefore, I have far more respect for someone that is destined to be a great gigolo/prostitute working as a gigolo/prostitute than someone who is meant to be the best golfer of their generation who works as an average doctor. What this means is that we must all look at what someone does and ask: Is that person living the life they’re supposed to, and have they maximized their personal potential? If the answer is yes then we should show them respect; if our answer is no then we should not; this is irrespective of what they are (e.g., President of the USA, doctor, lawyer, investment banker, high-flying hedge fund manager, actor, athlete, film star, etc.).
Also, we must be very careful not to pigeon-hole any of our children. Just because at age 9 a child is deemed a superstar in academics, if, over time, this proves to be wrong, we must not be afraid of transferring that child to a non-academic program. The vice-versa must also be true. This is easy to say, but extremely costly to implement and requires exceptional teachers, administrators, principles, and educational infrastructure. Most of all, it will require highly evolved parents.
The question that I get all the time is: Is this feasible? I don’t know any country that has anything like what I am proposing, but that doesn’t mean that it is not possible. A true democracy was not thought possible until the USA was born. And, there is no more important mission for our country than to adopt a flexible, but targeted educational system to ensure the future success of our country. And, this is why we need the involvement of the entire country, because it is an expensive endeavor and requires not only a complete change in our paradigm, but the consent of all of us.
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