As an 80s kid, I remember playing with Lincoln Logs more than I did Legos, but I did play with Legos on a weekly basis. My younger sisters, born in 1988 and 1990, liked Legos as well, particularly the middle one who even designed a Lego scoop for her science fair project. It turns out that all of that Lego play was better for our brains than learning Algebra, at least according to Isaac Morehouse, the CEO of Crash and founder of Praxis. While his essay is more of a personal story than research-backed data, I would have to agree with him.
Mathematical thinking is hindered by focusing too much on rote memorization and formulas, especially in the age we live in where creativity and outside-the-box thinking is more desired, and needed, than ever. Employers constantly complain that their new hires just aren't very creative or innovative, and we have nothing but the system that pushes them through, test after test, without valuing any critical or creative thinking. Lego and other forms of play should be a daily part of school.
Do you think there's anything missing in today's education that might have been better in the 1980s?