Hacking education I: creativity by default

The grey elephant

Thirty years ago, the prevailing dogma was that creativity was negative in itself, that creative people were annoying people who did not perform like the others, neither at school nor at work. We did not talk about learning or creating but about studying or working. We identified professionalism with boredom.
Today we know that whoever can be replaced by a robot will be replaced by a robot.
A young man in his twenties will be taking a cab driver's license test right now with the idea of spending the next 47 years of his life driving a cab, when in 5 to 10 years most cabs will be self-driving.
There is an educational gap between the smart and the dumb, although the difference is not really in the intelligence of the children nor in the possibilities, but the important thing is the desire to learn and on the Internet you have all the knowledge.
Learning is such a serious matter today that we can only do it through play.
Fifteen years ago my mother postulated in her doctoral thesis that a high ability child had to have three attributes in abundance: intelligence, tenacity and creativity. What she did not say was that fifteen years earlier she avoided using the word creativity in talks because it had negative connotations, instead she used euphemisms like seek different solutions.
I didn't have in mind to write this chain of entries, although they are ideas that I have had for a long time, maybe it is The grey elephant and the Chiquitectos that are around here who have pushed me.
To hack education is to burst it from within, without fuss or violence, little by little. Brilliant children who are also creative, but above all, who are eager to learn constantly.
Education must be hacked. You have to default to creativity under the premise that creativity is good in and of itself.


9 responses to "Hacking education I: creativity by default”

  1. As an educator and creative I agree with you that we must encourage creativity in education and that the change will come from within the classroom. We cannot expect that inflexible educational institutions (which operate at the stroke of a political legislature) will reshape a learning system based on the mechanical memorization of data.
    We must also understand the educational community as a broad concept in which we are all included: educators, family and society in general.
    I leave a link to community
    We will keep track of this chain of posts, which promises to be interesting.

    1. Thank you very much Jon for enriching the blog. I'll keep track of you too

  2. This is exactly what this documentary is about


  3. Maybe that's why they plan to do away with the arts in the next secondary school reform.

  4. Very lucid in your proposal to hack education. And that can only be done little by little. Each one from their own little patch, until they form a network.
    I have started. I don't care about my son's grades. I have left him free in his daily homework, how much to do, what to do and how. I put notes in the "cursed" agenda in which I praise what I like about him, the teachers, the school... and not only what I don't like. And as I think of more things I will do them.
    Thank you for your thoughts.

    1. Thanks to you Laura. I'm not worried about my son being able to repeat what he is told, but I'm very worried about him being restless and doubting what he sees. We'll get there, you'll see.

  5. Your goal of hacking education is very lucid. It can only be done by each one of us from our own little plot of land. I have started. I don't give importance to grades. I have given my son freedom to organize his homework; when, how much and how. I write positive notes in the "cursed" agenda where until now only negative messages appeared: how I liked this work, today he came up with this brilliant idea, I like the way you have approached this subject; for teachers, school, my own son... as things occur to me I will try them out. With every little gesture something changes. Thanks for your comments.

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