Everyone knows that the earlier a child is exposed to impressions, the more impact these impressions will have on the child’s development. In the same way that bad nutrition, at an early age, has long-term effects on physical development, and that traumatic experiences greatly affect the child’s emotional well-being for many years to come, the ways in which a young child is guided in developing his/her thinking leave a distinct footprint in how he/she will think as an adult.
It is for this reason that we should educate children to learn to think as freely and creatively as possible, with an emphasis on human values. While we should develop the right and left hemispheres of the brain in a balanced way, the left brain is already over-emphasised in our lives today.
Training children from an early age to think as computer programmers, exclusively focussing on rigid, logical rules and principles, will be detrimental for the children’s developing thinking skills. Parents and educators of young children can experience daily how their children still think in an explorative, imaginative way.
Only adolescents, during their secondary education, are learning to engage with fully logical and abstract thinking. This kind of thinking too early forces the children into loss of creativity, and a rigidifying of how they learn about their world, as if the world can just be explained in true and false statements.
Many scientists, inventors and IT innovators state that they contribute their own achievements to having grown up as creative and free thinkers, not to having been immersed in technological thinking from a young age.