I’m pretty sure that I was a bit obnoxious in my classes. Obsessed with finding out deep answers, and less obsessed with following rules and studying for tests. Now we know that daydreaming is very important in the creative process, yet having worked in a classroom ‘focus’ was always something I wanted to encourage.
I’m not sure what the solution is, I think notes online and video content such as Khan Academy is a start.
Teachers don’t like creative students
Mark Twain warned us to not let schooling get in the way of our education, perhaps we need to be careful about letting students thing that there is only a narrow range of cognitive activity. As Lehrer said we all ‘want’ creative children in theory, the reality is a lot different.
I came across a fascinating set of laws, by David Smail a social materialist philosopher and psychologist.
They are remarkably helpful and worth reading:
In a sidebar in ‘Power Responsibility and Freedom Smail posits three laws that if understood fully would save everyone a lot of anxiety:
“Absolutely everybody wants to be liked (law 1).
Everyone feels different inside (less confident, less able, etc.) from how they infer other people to feel (law 2).
Few honest and courageous people who have achieved anything of real value in life do not feel a fraud much of the time (law 3)”.