Lego Foundation aims to preserve creativity by paving a path for more structured 'hands-on play' in schools.
Kids are some of the best problem solvers around. Give a kid motivation for solving a problem, and he’ll use whatever resources are handy to get it done. Not only that, he won’t quit until he’s found the solution. Kids have the perfect blend of determination, creativity, and downright recklessness to find a solution.
So where did adults go wrong? I’d argue that we stopped listening to the inner child and started seeing rules, regulations, and boundaries. We act out of conformity, instead of creativity. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Here’s just one example how one well-known brand connected to childhood playing is leading the charge for hands-on play in schools.
Via Fast Company:
A growing body of research shows that testing-focused education systems are stifling children’s creativity and critical thinking skills--the exact skills many CEOs say will be critical for success in the workforce in the years to come (see our related story “Why Solving The Creativity Crisis Means Looking To 3-Year-Olds”), not to mention the skills needed to solve looming societal challenges such as extreme poverty and climate change.
Grob-Zakhary believes the Lego Foundation can help preserve these skills by paving a path for more structured “hands-on play”--whether that is with a Lego brick, an Erector set, or a robotics kit--to be incorporated directly into school curriculums. That means science class, clearly. But to Lego, it also means in literature and history, too, and from the earliest pre-school programs right on up to high school and college.
[Image via Fast Company.]