NYTimes op-ed: How to Raise a Creative Child.

Worth a read... my favorite excerpt is below. I tend to agree that if children are simply urged to learn existing knowledge and conform to established rules, they will not develop the skills to innovate and reshape the future.

The gifted learn to play magnificent Mozart melodies, but rarely compose their own original scores. They focus their energy on consuming existing scientific knowledge, not producing new insights. They conform to codified rules, rather than inventing their own.