Greg Taylor, Strategic Management Consultant
Education systems have a tendency to encourage "normative" behavior, discouraging creative expression that might be deemed "unruly" or difficult to manage in the classroom. Given that you posit creative genius as a social verdict do you think that educational systems more tolerant of a wider variety of expression might produce more geniuses?
Yes, I do. And that does happen occasionally. In Enlightenment Edinburgh, the university played a constructive--and creative--role. I think that's because it was a more fluid arrangement than we see today. Professors would turn to their students to bounce ideas off of. Adam Smith's "test audience" for his seminal work The Wealth of Nations was his class of 14-year-olds. Also, professors then worked on commission--the more students who enrolled in their class, the more they were paid. Sometimes, there's nothing like a little extrinsic motivation! Continue reading...