Today, as we do every month, we got an informative newsletter from our son’s elementary school.
One of the regular sections in the school’s newsletter is entitled "From the Principal’s Office." This month, that section was a note entitled "Encourage Your Child’s Creativity," with the principal’s tips for doing that.
Here is one of the tips:
"Videos, software programs, and children’s television programs contribute to the development of a child’s sense of creativity."
It left me wondering- is that true? It seems to me that the situation would be just the opposite- that television, videos, and software programs actually replace creativity with pre-conceived icons of life.
Then again, I can see how children could then mix and match these icons they are fed via video, software, and television into creative play. I remember when I was a child, I often took my G.I. Joe figures and had them battle the He-Man toys, with my sister’s Strawberry Shortcake dolls cheering them on. (Of course, when I got older, I just blew up the G.I. Joe guys with firecrackers…)
But is the play really creative when the characters you are using are all trademarked icons from some toy company/production company?
What do you think? Is this sound advice from the principal? Or a load of crock?