San Diego Business Journal

Creativity is Key to Our Future Tech Workforce

By Daeman Connolly Originally published December 1, 2016 at 1:32 p.m., updated December 1, 2016 at 1:32 p.m.

— The next generation of students will be the head of these flourishing companies, and they need to develop beyond being great test takers. Educators today mainly focus on the numbers that students generate and sometimes forget to work on shaping their passions and mindsets, which directly inform how they will apply this knowledge in their future lives and careers.

Students easily get lost in the technicalities of education and lose sight of the power that can be harnessed through creative thinking and problem solving.

Stages of Learning

Theater classes in school and out of school, such as local San Diego Junior Theatre and Finest City Improv, are excellent avenues for students to harness originality while practicing useful business skills such as public speaking, teamwork and thinking on your feet. A creative writing class can drive a student to exercise originality and imagination while improving communication skills usable in any industry. Finally, tutoring programs of today’s generation push students beyond great test takers into confident and well-rounded leaders.

Creativity expert Ken Robinson agrees on creativity’s importance in schools. In his famous 2006 TED Talk, Robinson explains that children have great capacity for innovation. He makes the point that creativity should be treated with the same importance as literacy, yet many schools don’t incorporate it into education enough, if at all.

This creative mindset needs to be instilled in our students, particularly if we expect our community to grow into the next emerging tech city. We must help students today develop creative thinking at an early age in order to become the effective, innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Don’t you want San Diego’s future workforce to be led by exceptionally creative thinkers?

Daeman Connolly is the center director in San Diego for C2 Education, a nationwide network of personal tutoring and test preparation centers.


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