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Encouraging creativity in children.

There are all sorts of wonderful ideas that contribute towards a sustainable lifestyle and even an improving situation for humans, animals, plants and stuff.
But I notice something which is so obvious that I find it hard to believe that it isn't top of the scientific or the political or the religious or, in fact, almost anyone's agenda.
The fundamental primary resource for the wealth of "good" ideas for humans is their children. People debate the issue of whether people's characters, talents and abilities are formed by nature or nurture. They almost get sidetracked by the debate. There may be more or less of each aspect in the development of children and it is well established that the emotional environment in which children evolve is critical to their well being and therefore their successful interaction with the world in which they find themselves.
As we career into our future, which threatens to be devastating, the one thing for sure is that we are throwing our children into it. We will die and leave them on this planet with all the war, disease, global warming, famine, poverty and all sorts of other apocalyptic issues that have been created. This is a gloomy outlook but there is hope. In fact hope is perhaps one of the most valuable attributes we have.
If anyone can deal with it successfully it has to be our children. We have to come to terms with the fact that as a species we have incredible creativity, versatility, dedication, commitment, and more than any other material in our known universe we have the ability to control and develop our environment for our own good. We can do it. We have the ability. Well, we have the potential. If we continue to try to bring our children up in the dreadful manner of teaching them how to be like us we are in danger of perpetuating the crisis (that our social and cultural values have created). Nice people (really nice people) understand that children need nurturing, they need support and confidence. They need to feel empowered. They need to feel good. They need to be loved. When they feel okay they perform very well. We can teach them what we know but we have to respect their autonomy, their creativity, their experiments their decisions and their failures. As adults our job is to welcome them to planet earth and invite them to be themselves. Horrid people think they have to "make" children good like themselves. A lovely quote by Barbara Graham just before she was executed for murder in 1955 "Good people are always so sure they are right." probably sums up the effects of erroneous transference of values. But I won't get too convoluted at this stage.
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Since the industrial revolution we have a culture of moulding children into tools for industry. We destroy their creativity and intelligence. Sir Ken Robinson, the world's leading guru on creativity and author of "Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative", spoke at the TED conference in Monterey in 2006 on creativity in education. His talk is inspiring and insightful whilst being humorous and engaging. He suggests we have to stop educating creativity out of children. You can watch the 20 minute talk here:
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Here is an inspiring RSA Animate taken from a speech given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education expert and recipient of the RSA Benjamin Franklin award. It is simply brilliant.
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Children on this planet all around the globe are suffering too much. Everything we do that helps in any way at all is a plus. Building good houses. Learning about sustainable living. Being respectful to the little ones. Developing technology to facilitate education and knowledge. Every little thing helps. And more than that helping children directly is probably one of the noblest things we can do.
If you feel like doing something to assist children you can visit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children website by clicking this link --> NSPCC or on the banner above as there are lots of different suggestions that they have.  If you don't feel like doing something now then don't.   Just reading this article has moved the world on a bit.
See also: • ActionAid to sponsor a child. • NSPCC • List of Charities
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