Thursday, April 7, 2011

Do we allow for such innovation in school?

In no way shape or form am I trying to do some free advertising for Chevrolet , but this ad has always made me think. Innovation, inventions, and creativity often happen in the most random and unpredictable ways. Sometimes our greatest ideas come from our greatest of accidents. Sometimes we find inspiration in strangest of places. Sometimes we need to make mistakes to make discovery. And yet I don't know if any of these mistakes, accidents, or "innovations" are encouraged in mainstream education thought. Is there any possible way to allow students more time to simply explore and experiment? Innovation Days like those dreamt up by Josh Stumpenhorst (my school is planning one in May) offer some hope. Daniel Pink also mentions the idea of FedEx days for school which are appealing. But what else can we do? Are there any ways that you push for students to discover interests, passions, and ideas on their own?

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