An Antidote to Groupthink

An Antidote to Groupthink

Your child is entering preschool.  She will have opportunities to play and socialize with other children, so is it necessary that she continue to be enrolled at Romp n’ Roll?  There is an important reason why the answer to that question is a resounding “yes” that may not be particularly obvious.

We all know that conformity can stifle creativity and innovation.  And an insidious force that generates conformity is something called “groupthink.”  When the same group of people hang around with each other constantly and exclusively, they have a strong unconscious tendency to start thinking alike.

This is why successful companies reserve a certain number of positions for people from outside rather than always promoting from within.  This is why you rarely find a professor at a world class university who received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree from that same university.  Making sure that everyone is regularly exposed to a healthy mix of diverse ideas is essential to keeping minds open and flexible.

So taking your little one to Romp n’ Roll after preschool is not a matter of “more of the same.”  It is critical in order to ensure that her mindset never becomes and never remains the same as everyone else’s.

Michael K. Meyerhoff, Ed.D. (a.k.a. “Dr. Mike”) is a member of the management team at Romp n’ Roll.  After receiving his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he also held a position as a researcher with the Harvard Preschool Project.  He may be contacted via e-mail at drmike@romproll.com.

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