Aesthetics and Education

We believe in beauty.

Children, like adults, love beautiful things, that's why we take very seriously the classroom set up and our selection of toys and materials. I would like to share with you some of the articles I have been reading lately.

"In the presentation at the First International Summer School in Reggio Emilia (2010) Vea Vecchi and Claudia Giudicci described how aesthetics must hold a significant pedagogical presence because it is an important part of being human and for children this aesthetical sensibility is their primary method and activator of learning.  The real risk for us all is if we fail to embrace the aesthetics of the relationships of learning is that education becomes mere technique, that learning is simply seen as an efficient and functional way of doing something that conveys no thought or feeling but that is easily measured and feels robotic rather than humanistic."

Full article here

Children love beautiful things. You should have seen the face of N- when she saw the shells displayed in the board

Children love beautiful things. You should have seen the face of N- when she saw the shells displayed in the board

"Creative capabilities—it is essential to allow children to participate in activities that will develop his/her creative abilities. This is not so much about creating aesthetic abilities in the sense of training artists, but instead about creativity which serves the general aesthetic culture, in the creation of aesthetic values in everyday life, in the environment, in the workplace. We are not simply born with creative abilities; they have to be developed. As Wallbaum (1996) claims, aesthetic perception is dependent on the relationship between the child and art, in which one’s own production is much more important than being exposed to artworks and their interpretations"

Full article here

A-s finished art piece

A-s finished art piece

Las artes enseñan a los niños que  los problemas reales suelen tener más de una solución posible, que es necesario analizar las tareas desde diferentes perspectivas, que la imaginación es una  poderosa guía en los procesos de resolución o que no siempre existen reglas definidas cuando tienen que tomar decisiones (Eisner, 2004).

Artículo completo aquí

Be creative and conquer the world

Be creative and conquer the world

Taïs Bohigas
bilingual kids are more empathetic
 
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A recent study by the University of Chicago proves it, but honestly, we didn’t need any research. As parents of bilingual children, we’ve seen it first hand. Our full-immersion Spanish program helps children to become more empathetic, and empathy is the best tool for any creative person.

'Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, psychology researchers have demonstrated some less obvious advantages of bilingualism, too. For instance, bilingual children may enjoy certain cognitive benefits, such as improved executive function — which is critical for problem solving and other mentally demanding activities.' New York Times article

The study was published last year in the journal Psychological Science

 
'65% OF CHILDREN ENTERING PRIMARY SCHOOL TODAY WILL ULTIMATELY END UP WORKING IN A JOB WHICH DOESN’T YET EXIST'
 
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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM’S FUTURE OF JOBS REPORT

We parents work very hard to provide an education that helps our children to get ahead in life. Here’s the thing though. We can’t know how life is going to be twenty years from now. What we can do is teach them how to find creative solutions to their problems.

'By one popular estimate, 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist.1 In such a rapidly evolving employment landscape, the ability to anticipate and prepare for future skills requirements, job content and the aggregate effect on employment is increasingly critical for businesses, governments and individuals in order to fully seize the opportunities presented by these trends'.

Read the full report on the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report