creativity after school: for many, a new way of thinking

Education should encourage self-discovery and enable students to engage with themselves and think for themselves. It should fill the students’ emotional needs along with the intellectual. Students need to be able to create an inner dialogue and converse with themselves in order to form a foundation that makes them whole and turns the tide of fragmentation within, i.e., to heal or fully grow. Many students turn away from education and actually turn against it because they are not engaged, stimulated, or motivated and because it is not an opportunity for self-development or healing.

We all learn best by example, one way or another, so through our actions as adults we can both provide and advocate for an educational process that exemplifies positive, growthful ways of being that students can follow. Since education reflects what our society values, we must first of all adopt these values in the way we act as a greater society. Once we create this orientation ourselves, we will be able to integrate it into the educational system, into doing business, and into creating community.

As we change the psychological environment in which we live, other necessary changes will find their way into the educational milieu, linking educational change to social change. Teachers will not only be able to model but also to facilitate efforts among student peers. Students will have an opportunity to gain experience in many facets of life. Teachers can allow and stimulate individual students to think creatively, to think for themselves, and to discover natural resources within themselves.

Excerpt from Venturing Together: Empowering Students to Succeed, by Bill Rossi

(back)