I want to start a school. One focused on essential life skills such as creativity and critical thinking, with a science-based and human-centered curriculum.
Check out this backwards thinking. (reasoning)
Being a parent for almost 16 years now, here's how I might comment on the ideas for a school:
Creativity is not something we're taught as much as something people do to survive and play and explore. Little kids are creative - adults are more critical.
We know not to be creative with the ingredients for dinner, for example. Better to be critical rather than creative when measuring ingredients for a pie or adding salt to the meat. But, creativity in sourcing the ingredients is wonderful.
The reason we might have to teach creativity is because it's messy. It can be seen as wasting time and it's not encouraged in a school that's trying to get shit done. In school, concepts are taught, lessons learned, and tests passed in a structured way so the teachers and students can go home at the end of the day safe and sound.
"Be creative at home -- where your parents are responsible to clean up." -- is what the schools these days are thinking. Unless it's private, in which case they can afford a loosey-goosey approach.
Creativity could also be called Idea Sex -- we need two or more ideas to rub up against each other until they produce a new idea.
The problem is, we don't know if ideas are male, female or other. And because of the possibility of multiples ideas getting into the mix, we can't teach this in a public school -- because, well, kids are curious. "I'll show you my ideas if you show me yours."
Human thinking is messy, with much guessing and intuition zig-zagged in. Then, on a 2nd and 3rd and 4th pass, we filter out the stuff that didn't help us get the result we were trying to think about.
Critical thinking -- that's a lot about repetitive question asking . It's the editing process. We ask - does that piece / idea help me get the result? No? okay, critic in me says "You're out dumb idea!"
Reasoning -- is basically looking back at the results and connecting the idea-dots that helped get us to the end. So, we think forward and reason backward. The forward process is creative in nature and the backward critical.
When we want to create a school - we want the world to have access to all the things that have enriched our lives without the things that didn't. We're reasoning. We think we're thinking outside the box but essentially we want to make our own box and only think about the things we want in it.
The great thing is: It works. That's exactly how all cool things emerge in the world.