The Norm

So Pete Seeger summed it up beutifuly in “Little Boxes” a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, which became a hit for her friend Pete Seeger in 1963.

The song is a political satire about the development of suburbia and associated conformist middle-class attitudes. It refers to suburban tract housing as “little boxes” of different colors “all made out of ticky-tacky“, and which “all look just the same.” “Ticky-tacky” is a reference to the shoddy material used in the construction of housing of that time.   

Do we ever, as a populous, ever step back and question these “considered norms”. Its been said of the education system, that it is out dated, and doing our children a disservice. Designed for the industrial age, influenced by industrialist, such as Henry Ford, they set out to train, “discipline the populous”, to conform to the factory. A worker that was disciplined to start and stop each day at a prescribed time with a series of bells at each break dictated by the system. 

For CEOs, creativity is now the most important leadership quality for success in business, outweighing even integrity and global thinking, according to a new study by IBM. The study is the largest known sample of one-on-one CEO interviews, with over 1,500 corporate heads and public sector leaders across 60 nations and 33 industries polled on what drives them in managing their companies in today’s world.

Creativity is being lost in the quest for conformity in our education system. This clip from Newsweek sums it up …

Like intelligence tests, Torrance’s test—a 90-minute series of discrete tasks, administered by a psychologist—has been taken by millions worldwide in 50 languages. Yet there is one crucial difference between IQ ( intelligence quotien) and CQ (creative intelligence) scores. With intelligence, there is a phenomenon called the Flynn effect—each generation, scores go up about 10 points. Enriched environments are making kids smarter. With creativity, a reverse trend has just been identified and is being reported for the first time here: American creativity scores are falling.

Is there anything we can do as parents, communities, or governments for that matter sense they have the upper hand in how we deliver our education to our children. Thats a loaded question worth exploring as we freely hand over our ability to be free thinking individuals. 

Along the way, remember to ask lots of questions and cross reference what your learning and never be spoon fed. 

Happy Learning!