The Art Of Tinkering

“The first rule of tinkering is to save all the parts.”  -Paul R. Ehrlich

As a young boy, the garage was a fantastical place…filled with pieces and parts, nuts and bolts, nails and screws, jars and cans, a little of this and a lot of that.  A place to search, to explore, to wonder…

The garage was a place to build…a tinkerer’s paradise…a wonderful world where imagination and initiation came together for creation.  Where you served as your own inventor, architect, originator, fabricator, artisan, and genius.  A bicycle part here, a lawnmower wheel there, add a little oil, a few screws, some of those pieces, a couple of these old parts, some wood, a hammer, a little glue, and…

Toys were often what you created, rather than what you bought.  You were more the maker and creator, than the consumer.

According to Sir Ken Robinson…”Human resources are like natural resources; they’re often buried deep.  You have to go looking for them, they’re not just lying around on the surface.  You have to create circumstances where they show themselves.”

A healthy reminder…especially for these modern times and our 21st century modern world.

We live in an incredible age where most anything we need has already been created or provided for us…and unfortunately we live in a time where almost anything we need has already been created or provided for us.

In some ways, we have peeled away the wonder, amazement, and awe of the world in which we live.  And in that process we have to consider whether we have sucked away the will, want, and even need to tinker.

And in doing so, are we keeping those “human resources buried deep?”  Are we diminishing capacity as well as stifling creativity?

Should we worry that in our modern age of access we may have lost the art of tinkering?  

And if not…

Are we still creating open and accessible spaces for us to unleash our inner creative genius?

“I believe our only hope for the future is to adopt a new conception of human ecology, one in which we start to reconstitute our concept of the richness in human capacity.”  -Sir Ken Robinson

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One thought on “The Art Of Tinkering

  1. Yes, and so as teachers we must ensure we create a variety of learning opportunities that involve a variety of modalities so that all of our students have a chance to shine. Thanks for the thoughtful posts.

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