Crucial Creativity: The Case for Cultivating Divergent Thinking in Classrooms

“Divergent thinking” was a term coined by psychologist J.P. Guilford in 1967. Guilford was an early proponent of the idea that intelligence is not a unitary concept, as many after him, like Howard Gardner, would also propose. Guilford was particularly interested in the fact that many creative people scored lower on standard IQ tests. He… Read More Crucial Creativity: The Case for Cultivating Divergent Thinking in Classrooms

Teaching Empathy: Essential for Students, Crucial for Humanity

“Part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, it were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.’” – Neil deGrasse Tyson Empathy is the key to encouraging prosocial behavior, limiting aggression, and diminishing social prejudice in our world. “To empathize is to civilize,” says Jeremy Rifkin,… Read More Teaching Empathy: Essential for Students, Crucial for Humanity

Be Worthy of Imitation: Why Modeling Matters at Home and in Class

We have dreams and hopes for our children that often extend beyond mimicry of our own lives. We hope they will do more, be more, and we define these “mores” in myriad ways. Yet the collective consciousness of “better” for a new generation persists, whether it is a desire for a better standard of living,… Read More Be Worthy of Imitation: Why Modeling Matters at Home and in Class