shows how most people are born brilliant
and lose their abilities
to think like a genius over time
in the educational system.
The two were tasked to research school children in an attempt to identify creative individuals from which the agency could pick to help with their many products.
In a recent
TED talk, Land described his
team's surprising findings on the education system which are nothing
short of shocking:
In other words, children are born with creative genius.
Employing a longitudinal
study model, Land and Jarman studied 1,600 children at ages 5, 10,
Simply put, their answers
to how the problem should be solved were brilliant.
The indicators led the researchers to believe the current educational system is to blame.
Not only did 68 percent
of those students lose their ability to think with imagination and
innovation, the thought that only 30 percent could still do is
Gasps could be heard all
around the room as the audience attempted to process how such a
brilliant group of students could sink so low in their imaginations
and ability to solve problems with innovation.
During that era, Land said the natural approach to teaching and learning led educators to develop,
From a qualitative perspective, teachers point to governmental intrusion into the dumbing down of the nation's school children.
Starting with the
development of the Department of Education, the federal government's
handprint is all over some of the worst decisions regarding public
policy and education.
...teachers everywhere have complained they're not teaching any longer.
instructing students to achieve the minimum educational requirements
necessary for them to pass a standardized exam.
Land says people can actually get back to thinking creatively with imagination if they will get rid of stinking thinking.
He urges listeners to get rid of three aspects of education:
When students come up with a brilliant idea they're met with constant criticism, therefore they become conditioned to think like the masses, instead of coming up with an accepted alternative solution.
He says it has,
But Land says we only exercise that genius part of our brains when we're dreaming.
So dream big...! Dream
often... And don't let naysayers rain on your imagination.
He says, instead, students should imagine many possibilities to achieve innovation and problem-solving. According to Land, in order for industry to survive, it must be continually innovating, and adapting to change, expecting the landscapes to evolve, and evolve with it.
Instead of becoming
fixated on one right solution, come up with 30-40 imaginative ones
to become innovative.