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Children redesign the world

I've been told the following story. Apparently, it's real - but, who knows, maybe we have to just try it out?

Anyway, the story goes like this:

There was this school where teachers used to teach their students how to think. They used Edward de Bono's "thinking tools", a point which may or may not be important. The thing is, the children learned how to focus their attention in different aspects of situations and ideas, and they learned 'tricks' so they could come up with new ideas in any situation.

Children are good at learning, aren't they? They learn a language in a couple of years, starting from zero. They learn to walk, kick balls around, jump and climb up trees.

So these children had a task set up for them, just to see how good they had become at their newly acquired skills.

The task was to redesign their home-town city-center. They were to do that as a school project. Working as teams.

Wouldn't that be fun? I mean, these children will really have to look at their own environment. They will have to rethink traffic-lights, flowers, regulations ... They will have to look at what's there from their grannies' point of view, even from their pet-dog's point of view. Different groups will come up with different ideas, won't they?

Anyway, their final report was sent to an architect. Apparently, he was a professor of architecture at some University.

Looking at the report, he said he had not seen such good ideas in his own university students' work.

So what happened here? The children were given:
- oportunity and time
- an issue shaped as a task
- sources of information
- thinking tools
- confidence

My perception - you may not agree - is that these children were in fact given a new game, with rules, goals, a playground, and a few classmates to play with.

After a first "shock", I really don't find it so surprising to see that they performed well.

So this is my suggestion: let's ask children to redesign everything, and let's give them the tools and the oportunity to play the game themselves. At the very least, they will learn the fundamental 'trick': maybe we can change what we see?

2003-11-05 | 2 Comentarios


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De: Jaio la espía Fecha: 2003-11-08 21:40

Estoy con usted, la forma de generar pensamiento pasa por redefinir todas las "verdades inmutables" y aceptar que todo lo que parece inamovible es susceptible de revisión.

Lo difícil es poner al alcance de las personas (no solamente de los niños): la ocasión, el tiempo para desarrollar esa tarea de pensar, las fuentes de información necesarias, las herramientas para pensar y la confianza en que son capaces de llevarlo a cabo.



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De: lgs Fecha: 2003-11-08 23:40

Jaio

Estoy de acuerdo. Y a veces uno revisa para reconfirmar ... pero revisa, y tan honestamente como puede.

Lo de que "es difícil" poner esos recursos al alcance de las personas ("no sólamente de los niños"), habrá que comprobarlo. En la esquina superior derecha de esta pantalla hay un "suscríbete a nuestra lista". Ahí buscamos todo eso - aunque en mi experiencia es mejor en vivo. Pena no poder ir a la reunión de B&B esa que mencionaban el otro día en #blogalia (irc-hispano.org).



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