Why restrict creative space to what can be provided by the education system and the local community.
The modern world has us all electronically connected, why not use this to promote creativity in our children's lives?
Nice contribution. I found this comic http://www.deviantart.com/art/On-Gamification-411533805 which really sums up your idea, makes it fun and gives it structure. I am sure you could use it when developing your idea further.
Great work! I very much agree with all said and really like the post, but I am still missing a contribution by someone discussing our current school systems, so we can take your approach and assess what kind of resistance and hurdles one could expect trying to integrate your ideas into everyday school life.
In my mind, the three main barriers would be:
Too much focus on teacher and student performance in terms of grades.
Mandatory topics with no flexibility in the teaching approach.
Too little play time and flexibility in the curriculum.
Does anyone know of a post that deals with these issues?
Nice post and lovely story! I am so glad that NP stuck to his guns and stayed with his left hand. It just made me wonder how many kids would have given in to the pressure of parents and teachers. By memory, in my primary school, kids were talked into using the right rather than the left hand and I am sure it didn't even made sense to the teachers back then. This tells me It is not just the kids that need to keep asking the WHY questions, but also parents and carers need to stay open and critical about their children's upbringing.