Schools need to discuss these questions in “Children are suffering a severe deficit of play“, make a choice, and align their actions with their beliefs:
[C]ampaigners for more conventional schooling and more tests want children to be better prepared for today’s and tomorrow’s world. But what preparation is needed? Do we need more people who are good at memorising answers to questions and feeding them back? Who dutifully do what they are told, no questions asked? Schools were designed to teach people to do those things, and they are pretty good at it. Or do we need more people who ask new questions and find new answers, think critically and creatively, innovate and take initiative, and know how to learn on the job, under their own steam? (Peter Gray)
It isn’t either/or but it is about which one is driving the direction of the school.
What does it mean to be educated today? What are the experiences we hope to engage our students with throughout their time with us? What do we hope they leave us knowing, doing, thinking, being, and acting? Are we building and supporting compliance or engagement? Are we driving a singled definition of success or encouraging multiple pathways of success based upon interests and passions?
You can’t teach creativity; all you can do is let it blossom. Little children, before they start school, are naturally creative. Our greatest innovators, the ones we call geniuses, are those who somehow retain that childhood capacity, and build on it, right through adulthood. (Peter Gray)
Are we teaching students or are we growing genius?