My passion for encouraging the creativity and genius in children is inspired by my own grandchildren who continuously amaze me. I love this time of life when I can view their innocent, creative minds at work in a world where everything is possible. I listen to the way my four-year old granddaughter reasons, and I watch my six-year old grandson construct towers and machines of his own design – no model required.
They make me know all children deserve our faith and belief in the power of their creativity.
Thank goodness children, in general, are ignoring us. In a study released today (thanks @DanielPink), Gallop.com (Lopez, 1.30.2013) reported on a poll of 5th through 12th Grade students:
Almost all fifth- through 12th-graders – 95% — say it is likely they will have a better life than their parents.
Hope is alive. Young people today aren’t listening to the negative commentary that flows across the mainstream of conversation. They aren’t worried about the fiscal cliff. They are imagining a day when they can present solutions to the big challenges we face. And some are taking action while they are still young.
Tonight, I reread the story of Jack Andraka, the high school freshman who received the Smithsonian Magazine’s first annual American Ingenuity Award for youth achievement. Jack discovered an inexpensive test for pancreatic cancer. According to this story, 197 adults – professionals in science and medicine – turned him down. One hundred ninety-seven people told him, “No.” They didn’t believe it could happen. It took some kind of grit to persist to the 198th person who did believe.
In a previous posts, I featured another captivating story:
Tanishq Abraham: Child Prodigy
Some luckies make it to adulthood still possessing the grit to pursue their imagination. The story of Janet Echelman is an inspiring one.
I want to work to create and support environments where more children have opportunities to pursue their creative dreams.