What do creativity, problem-solving, conflict resolution, sense-making, innovation, discovery, design, invention, entrepreneurship, recovery and job creation all have in common? What's the common denominator here?
......THINKING SKILLS .....
This week I attended the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit in Toronto sponsored by cybf.ca and Industry Canada as part of Global Entrepreneuship Week.
In discussions with participants and in the Q&A session I made the business case that we should be teaching both critical and creative/lateral thinking skills to all children starting in public school…and right through college and university and especially to kids at risk such as our Native Indian population.
We’ve been teaching lateral thinking skills to gifted kids across Canada for the past 40 years (so we know how to teach it and we know it works) and Corporate Canada regularly sends its top CEOs and managers to attend courses on lateral thinking by Edward de Bono, yet we ignore the rest of the entire population-heaven forbid that we actually teach them to be effective thinkers. People who have paid property tax to support our education system should get refunds because the education system has failed us, since most kids exit the school system cognitively deficient !!
Research shows that k
Research shows that kids who are taught lateral thinking as a separate subject as early as grade one or two, show a corresponding grade improvement across all subject areas.