How many hours do schoolchildren dedicate to memorization and recitation? How much emphasis on writing within the margins? On neatness and following instructions exactly? And yet how well do these behaviors support long-term memory, synthesis and insight, creativity and bravery, leadership and risk-taking? In short are schools doing the right thing? We'll walk through these questions together; there are no simple answers, and none you could memorize!
I'm a cellist, artist, and alternative educator by profession. After completing my degree from the Kyiv National Institute of Cinema, Theatre and Television, I established the art cooperative, Obyrok Art Island, became the curator of Gogol-fest, and more recently I have established the alternative education project, Global Experiment. It is an experiential and community-based camp for young learners.
Who knows when and how children are learning? What if it is a mystery and we are only guessing at the source of inspiration? Then let's put beauty and inspiring things all around and see what magic will happen.