In recent context we often say, that education is designed to prepare our children for future. In today’s era of artificial intelligence, digitalization, robotics automation, google glasses and flying cars are more real than ever, it is simply hard to prepare our children for anything. We simply do not know how our future would be. We can’t even assume what challenges we have to face in next thirty, fifty or even hundred years. If we believe about a world where robots and artificial intelligence have taken over. It is predicted by 2050, 90% of our current jobs will be operated by robotics automation. But one thing these robotics automation machine can’t do is think “creatively”. The best strategy to deal with this, is to prepare our children for the undisclosed and encourage them to be
“creative kids.” “Pablo Picasso” has rightly stated that- “EVERY CHILD IS AN ARTIST. THE PROBLEM IS HOW TO REMAIN AN ARTIST ONCE WE GROW UP.”
Currently, our education system puts more emphasis on the left fraction of our brain which is responsible for logical thinking, science, maths, language, analytical and cognitive processing. We have an entire right fraction of brain which is filled with creativity, intuition and innovation. This part of brain can be determined by using different art forms such as fine arts, music, drama and dance. Child Imaginations and creativity helps children to be more confident, develop social skills and learn better. The parents and teachers can take many steps in enhancing creativity among children. First and foremost is selecting a place for creating – This does not primarily require a fancy playroom but a small corner in a classroom or home where children can flourish their creativity. This is essential as child feels they have power over their space.
Secondly, keep it as simple as possible – It does not require one to have latest or greatest toys or gadgets. Simple block games like legos where children are free to let the wheels of their imagination spin and build and design what they like. Thirdly, one must discuss creativity with children – Whenever the child has come up with a creative or intuitive idea record it by keeping it in notebook, tape recorder, Ipad etc. This will boost their morale and confidence. Fourthly, pursuing creative critical thinking – Once the child gets older, parents and teachers must ask them how they will approach a certain problem and how they might do things differently. Give Students more control – Teachers should flip the traditional system of teaching. Parents and teachers can invite the students to decide for themselves how a paper or assignment is assessed, and to encourage kids to reflect on and evaluate their own work. Run collaborative story telling session – Parent or teacher can begin the story with few lines and then pass the paper to student who adds more to the story. This kind of storytelling, with its unpredictable outcome keep students engaged and think creatively. Introducing real- life experiences – Teachers and parents can introduce a project like creating their own city. Children will construct their own buildings and work to combine them into a model city. The students will take into account of economics, geography history and culture and give them hands – on experience with design and urban planning. Help children pursue their passions – Parents should pay attention to their child’s interests and make the relevant materials, references, books etc available to them. Parents be creative themselves – Kids initially imitate their parents so parents should take some time out for their own creativity. Parents can actively participate with their child when they are drawing, colouring, designing or playing instrument etc. This also provides good opportunity to bond and the family will have a fun time too.