The Importance of Imagination and Creativity
It is clear that the children enrolled in music, art, and adventure classes at Romp n’ Roll are developing high levels of imagination and creativity. However, while imagination and creativity are “nice,” are they really “necessary”? After all, schools consider imaginative and creative programs as “extra-curricular” and those programs are the first things to be cut whenever there is a budget crisis.
Well, in my opinion, imagination and creativity must be considered critically important. Think about it. If all our ancestors simply passed on the knowledge and skills they themselves possessed, we would still be stuck in the Stone Age. It is those children who were encouraged to innovate and think outside the box who eventually enabled us to move forward.
Albert Einstein would agree. Rigorous “instruction” may help one function in the world of today. But today’s world is not without serious shortcomings. And as he noted, “problems cannot be solved with the same kind of thinking that produced them.”
So as you observe your little one having a ton of fun in those music, art, and adventure classes, don’t fret that she is engaging in “frivolous” activity. She actually is developing precisely what she will need to be a leader in the world of tomorrow – and the kind of leader who will make that world a better place.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.