Teach Your Kids to Be Creators

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I have 4 kids between the ages of 11 and 4, and I put a lot of thought into how to shape and mold them into people who will make a significant contribution in this world.  I often find that I am fighting the public education system in my efforts.  Our schools are still putting a huge emphasis on teaching kids the skills of the industrial age:

  • how to complete pre-defined tasks…
  • how to deliver the right answers…
  • how to avoid drawing attention to yourself…
  • how to get results that meet expectations…
  • how to keep a low profile…

The Problem?  The industrial age is over and these skills have lost much of their value. Now, a new set of skills are needed and are in short supply:

  • How to create something that touches other people…
  • How to explain to us why it’s important…
  • How to forge a path where no path exists…
  • How to solve a problem that has never been solved…
  • How to be vulnerable with other people…
  • How to step out and change peoples expectations…

People like my father (a middle school principal) are trying to bring about the changes that are so badly needed in schools.  Seth Godin has written a book called Stop Stealing Dreams that every person in education should read.  I have high hopes that we will see progress.  In the mean time, I’m afraid you are going to have to take the most important part of your kids’ education on your own shoulders. Someone needs to teach your kids to be creators. It just may have to be you.

Unfortunately, the only way to do this well is to become a creator yourself…