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Imagination Deficit

by Remy Agee and Marlene Welch
July/August 2012
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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand, stimulating progress.”
Albert Einstein

Imagination is the engine of ideas. And yet, imagination ­deficit is rampant. Imagination deficit thrives on battery-operated toys; clever marketing of coloring and other activity books and the like as necessary learning tools; toys marketed as ‘educational’; too much time spent in adult-directed activities; and too many passive children’s activities such as movies, television shows, and video games: the core of many ­children’s daily lives.

What is Imagination?

Imagination is one component of creativity; self-expression is another. The early childhood classroom should be full of creative possibilities that allow children to use their imaginations. For creativity to flourish, staff must provide an environment that fosters creative expression:
• facilitation (more than teaching) designed to help children to develop their creativity;
• unhurried time and provocative questions that spark curiosity and encourage discussion;
• a focus on the process " rather than the product;
• spontaneity and a willingness to veer from planned curriculum;
• a variety and lots of materials and resources; and
• ...

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