Delight at creativity campaign

16th May 2003 at 01:00
I AM delighted that you have opened a more public debate about the nature of creativity as applied to schools.

A truism, often forgotten, is that children approach life for the first time. I am concerned that generations who are likely to have enjoyed a broad life experience are in danger of limiting the experiences of the next, which, by its own choices and family lifestyle changes, may already be living a second-hand or virtual life through electronic gadgetry.

The current school generation is one where individuals are kept busier than any other, with less time to stop and reflect. Is quiet thinking time valued? It could be a case of being busy doing nothing.

Could some of the geniuses named in Karen Gold's article ("Are we all potential Einsteins") simply have taken time to consider their vision of the world from which they could evolve a novel interpretation?

It is a salutary thought that Darwin's theory evolved out of direct experience, prior learning and reflection. Children need more time to think, and to make sense of what they "know". It may be worth reflecting on the thought that this was being considered by John Dewey in 1903.

It could be a fitting centenary celebration to ensure that children today enjoy the fruits of his labours. The ideas are still valid.

Chris Chivers Headteacher St John's primary school Whichers Gate Road, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire

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