I capaci e i meritevoli

Qualche giorno fa sui social circolava questa foto. Ritrae tre grandi nomi del nostro tempo – Cristiano Ronaldo, Jeff Bezos, e Barack Obama –, tre numeri uno dei propri rispettivi campi che vantano “umili origini.” Che sono arrivati dove sono grazie alla loro abilità, sbaragliando la concorrenza di chi aveva, in partenza, più mezzi di…

Perché l’istruzione

Credo ci siano principalmente tre motivi per cui è eccitante, oltre che necessario, occuparsi d’istruzione. Non mi riferisco alle motivazioni classiche, ormai trite e ritrite: la necessità di formare una coscienza critica, la conoscenza come strumento di libertà, indipendenza e autonomia, l’importanza per il progresso economico e sociale, il contributo in termini di uguaglianza. Motivazioni…

How To Teach Art To Kids

If you’ve ever seen Mark Rothko’s paintings and thought “a child could do this,” you’ve paid him a compliment. Rothko greatly admired children’s art, praising the freshness, authenticity, and emotional intensity of their creations. He worked as an art teacher for over 20 years and was a thought leader in the field of children’s art…

Ten Readings on Meritocracy

#1 –  Meritocracy and Economic Inequality Eds. Kenneth Arrow, Samuel Bowles, and Steven Durlauf –  Princeton University Press (2000) “This volume of original essays by luminaries in the economic, social, and biological sciences, however, confirms mounting evidence that the connection between intelligence and inequality is surprisingly weak and demonstrates that targeted educational and economic reforms can reduce…

10 Rules for Students and Teachers

Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile. Rule 2: (General Duties as Student) Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students. Rule 3: (General Duties as Teacher) Pull everything out of your students. Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment. Rule 5: Be Self Disciplined. This…