I chatter on and on about creativity for a reason. There is nothing more important. Nothing. Why? Creativity is our ability to process information in a way that results in an idea. An idea designed to influence or inspire in the way the creator intended if done well. We feel something and want to express it. Sometimes we don’t even know how it will turn out, but we dive in any way because our will to achieve out ways our fear of failure.
Now, lets discuss problem-solving. We have many problems in the world at the moment, right? Problems need solutions. There is nothing more important than finding solutions to these problems. Nothing. Why? Because problem-solving is the result of our ability to process information in a way that results in an idea. An idea designed to fix a problem through its mechanics or its ability to influence or inspire a positive effect intended by the people who want the solution to succeed. We see a wrong and want to make it right. Sometimes we don’t even know how it will turn out, but we dive in any way because our will to find a solution out ways our fear of failure.
Sound familiar? Both use the same intellectual tools.
Creativity and problem solving go hand in hand. Both require good data and a willingness to put in the time. So keeping creative courses such as art, theater, dance, and athletics in school makes our kids more able to challenge themselves intellectually in a way the not only hones their problem-solving skills, it also builds confidence and teaches them risk tolerance.
Critical thinking requires these tools. We are doomed if we think we can survive the complexity of our uncertain future without the ability to process and deliver better solutions.
Supporting the arts isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity if you are looking to evolve. And if we truly give a damn about our children we will help them hone those skills and maximize those opportunities. We need to raise better leaders and support our best schools and teachers. We must invest in systems that work. More funding isn’t enough. We need a better plan that is inclusive and encouraging to young minds. Minds that hunger for stimulation that comes from being challenged in an endeavor that inspires them.