Children Need Thinking Time

Children’s lives have become, in short, a verb. ‘Do this, do that’ is the constant command ringing in their little ears. Homework has to be done by a certain time. They have to be in bed by a certain time. The list goes on. A life of being told what to do, when to do it and how to do it is depriving our children of being creative and innovative. Where is the much wanted innovation going to come from then in the future to generate the jobs and prosperity needed in the country if our future leaders and workers don’t learn the skill of using their brain power in silence and solitude? Disciplines such as business and science require an ability to be a self-starter. Factoring ‘thought time’ into the school curriculum will be difficult as school have a race to the end, as it is, to get through the tick boxes. Perhaps it ought to start at home. Parents are always so keen to fill their children’s times with activity. Maybe an innovative way of thinking is required whereby allowing a child to indulge in what we see as time wasting activity, running the same car up and down the same path, should be reclassed as ‘thought time’.


1 Comment

  1. May 3, 2011 / 7:59 pm

    Interesting post. Not long ago, I was also a teen and idle time could have led to some poor choices. Thankfully, I didn't have much free time where I developed a much needed skill. I learned how to think quickly on my feet. However, I can see "thought time" working within reason and with structure. Thanks for stopping by

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