“The greater freedom afforded to children in these nontraditional, learner-centered educational philosophies ensures that their natural instincts to explore and create are not constantly being suppressed,” Bhaskar Krishnamachari, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California and blogger of An Academic’s Freedom, told IBD. “The more freedom they experience as children, the more in-tune and connected grown-ups can be with their naturally inventive and exploratory instincts.”