29 Feb '12, 1am

A reader asks: Why are we stifling the creativity and spontaneity of our children?

I WAS recently walking by a kindergarten and saw, through the window, a teacher singling out a boy and saying exasperatedly: "Look at what you've done! Why did you colour the person's face blue, when everyone else coloured it beige?" The boy hung his head in silence. Why are we stifling the creativity and spontaneity of our children? This young boy has just learnt that it is not in his interest to stick out like a sore thumb, that he should follow the crowd and do only as others do, that people cannot be blue, that he must conform. There is almost no debate among educators that a child's curiosity and, hence, creativity should not be hindered but, instead, directed by the adults in his life. To an extent, anything that engages his interest or imagination is a type of brain "fertiliser". Research indicates that if positive emotional signals are not similarly met by adult fi...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120229-0000050/Our-s...

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