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I think one of the scariest things about raising children today is that there are very few positive role models for kids. Kid shows don’t really promote good values anymore and a lot of their characters are kind of annoying and selfish. Society doesn’t really celebrate the good in people, their talents or intelligence. Society celebrates the people who are absolutely willing to do anything to get attention. I want to raise my children in a home that celebrates their creativity and to do that I want to give them really good role models. I want them to learn about people who did great and hard things and who were celebrated because of their creativity not because they’re insane.

5 Creative People in History That Can Be Positive Role Models For Your Kids:

Shakespeare

Shakespeare

There are many theories on Shakespeare's childhood- some say that he was not well educated during his childhood and some say that the grammar school he was thought to attend was actually very rigorous. Due to certain social circumstances Shakespeare was not allowed to attend university or start an apprenticeship so he became a playwright. 

Shakespeare is now known as one of the greatest writer in the English language. He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses. His plays are performed more often than any other playwright and have been translated into every major language.  He made up new words that we still used today including: laughable, hint, dawn, bedroom, and many more. Shakespeare never completed an upper-level education but his influence in our lives has surpassed that of a playwright. He invented part of the modern English language and his works are now taught to almost every teenager in America.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Franklin was a founding father and helped to form the country of America but he also invented many things that we still use today. His parents couldn’t pay for him to go to school for a long time so he only went to school until he was 10. After that he continued to read so he could learn more.

Despite his lack of education Franklin invented the: Library, the lightning rod, glass armonica, Franklin stove, bifocal glasses, and many other things. Not only was he an inventor but he studied and came up with many social innovations. He studied electricity, population, ocean currents, and oceanography. He also played multiple instruments and composed music. Benjamin Franklin did not let the limits of his formal education get in the way of becoming an intelligent member of society and successful inventor.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven's first music teacher was  his father. He started learning music at a very young age and learned many different instruments including the piano, organ, violin, and viola. At age nine he had a new teacher named Christian Gottlob Neefe.  Neefe was the person who taught Beethoven how to compose music. Beethoven learned music composition when he was 9 and wrote and published his first composition when he was 13. He wrote 75 amount of compositions throughout his life

Beethoven started to lose his hearing when he was 26 which made it difficult to hear music. He was completely deaf by the age of 44 but he continued to write music. He wrote a majority of his music while he was losing his hearing and one piece of music, his ninth symphony, completely deaf. It was one of the most famous pieces of music he wrote. 

Galileo

Galileo Galilei

Galileo was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher but growing up Galileo wanted to have a career with the church. His father persuaded him to instead study medicine so he could make money. Galileo studied mathematics after observing the swing of a chandelier and accidentally attending a geometry lecture. He convinced his father to let him switch his studies to math and philosophy because he found what he was passionate about.

Galileo played a major role in the scientific revolution and attributed a lot to the modern study of these sciences. Galileo confirmed the phases of Venus, discovered the 4 largest moons of Jupiter, and led the theory of heliocentrism- the idea that the earth revolved around the sun as opposed to the belief of the time that everything revolved around the earth. Galileo invented and improved upon many inventions including the telescope and the thermometer. Even though Galileo was such an important scientist he was imprisoned by the Catholic Church because his ideas opposed the doctrine of the church.  He was held under house arrest from 1633 to his death in 1642. Publication of any of his works, past and future, was made illegal. Even though he was persecuted for the truth he discovered he continued to study and become the father of modern science. He has been referred to as the father of modern science by both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. 

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

There is very little known about da Vinci's childhood. He was born an illegitimate son, his father was a Florentine notary and his mother was a peasant. Leonardo's education was informal and consisted of Latin, geometry, and mathematics. Da Vinci at the age of 14 started as an apprentice to one of the finest painters in Florence where he learned many other advanced subjects.

Leonardo da Vinci studied and excelled in many fields. Over his lifetime he was a: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist,cartographer, botanist, and writer. While da Vinci lived in the 1400’s he conceptualized many things we use now: flying machines, tanks, solar power, adding machines, and many other modern technologies. Leonardo has painted some of the worlds most beloved and famous paintings including The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. Da Vinci also drew many popular sketches used in the arts and in science. Da Vinci’s contributions on modern society are innumerable and his creativity made him a visionary man, almost predicting what the future would bring.

Why are these positive role models for children?

All of these people went against the norm and created something new. All of these people had creative minds. All of these people are talked about in text books and are discussed in classrooms across America. All of these people had to do something hard or had some disability to overcome. Some did not have extensive formal education, some had physical disabilities, some were born in an era without enough technology, and some had to give up what they knew was correct to save their own life. All of these people were creative in some way- they all thought outside the box and against what society taught them. I have to believe that all of these famous people in history attribute most of their success to creativity but also to the trials they had to overcome. Instead of having children look up to Disney Channel stars who have everything handed to them why not give our children positive role models who will inspire creativity. Children should grow up having to overcome some difficulties, that's what will make them successful. Children should also have role models that also had to do overcome some difficulties, this will help children remember that only the best things come from hard work.

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Written by — January 31, 2014

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