The other day my husband was reading a book. Suddenly he popped a question to me…..
H : An example of a bird is __________ ?.
Me: A crow or a sparrow.
H: Fine. Now answer this one.
A bird is an example of ______________
Me: After a moment’s thought……. Aves???
H: Yes, but why can’t it be anything else?
Me: What do you mean?
H: Why can’t it be like, a symbol of freedom, or something covered with feathers or something which uses its wings to soar in the open expanse or anything like that?
Me: Hmmm…….I didn’t think on those lines…….
He went on to explain that in the first sentence, one did not have much choice, but to look for examples of birds. Though there were many possible answers they all had to be drawn from the same subset. But in the second sentence one could have done so many things. One was free to defy logical sense and take a risk. The mind was free to take risks, be creative, imagine and invent. This is thinking out of the box.
These days a lot of importance is given to thinking out of the box. Workplaces have workshops, seminars and training sessions to encourage their employees to learn to think out of the box.
Unfortunately Indian education system does not believe in such creative thinking out of the box. Whenever a student came up with an alternate to the teacher’s answer, it was not appreciated. He was encouraged only to learn what the teacher taught and nothing beyond.
After ensuring the 15 years of schooling and college had clipped off their creative thinking abilities, now the workplace suddenly wants them to think out of the box and be creative???
Would love to know your views!!