Thursday, March 06, 2014

Will daydreams save the world?

I enjoyed Tim Brown's LinkedIn post on Why Daydreamers Will Save the World.

He start his post with:

Daydreaming has a bad reputation. Just think of any classroom scene on TV where a teacher is chiding a child for staring out the window during class. Traditionally, those kids have been thought of as slackers, but, according to a recent report on education and entrepreneurship for the UK parliament co-authored by my friend, Professor Andy Penaluna, they’re exhibiting the behavior of innovators. They’re engaging in “relaxed attention.”

During relaxed attention, a problem or challenge is taking up space in your brain, but it isn’t on the front burner. Relaxed attention lies somewhere between meditation, where you completely clear your mind, and the laser-like focus you apply when tackling a tough math problem. Our brains can make cognitive leaps when we’re not completely obsessed with a challenge, which is why good ideas sometimes come to us when we’re in the shower or talking a walk or on a long drive.

The rest of the post is worth reading.

Tim points that out that public education today is structured to clamp down on daydreamers.  I agree.  Homeschooling allows parents and children to both have some time for daydreaming.  Janine tells me our children do plenty of daydreaming.

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