The world doesn’t need more people with good grades. The world needs people who see the really tough problems as puzzles, and have the tenacity and creative capacity to solve them. - Gever Tulley, TEDxKids, 2011
Creativity is not some exotic, optional extra. It's a strategic issue. - Sir Ken Robinson, Fast Company, 2011
Education is a disruptive technology. Studies of divergent-thinking show that by some measures children lose more than 80% of their creative capacity by the time they leave high school. A pedagogy that successfully fosters and develops creative capacity while instilling the habits of life-long learning and tenacity has the potential to create more opportunity than any other change to society.
At a time when everyone knows that something is wrong with education, when the only answers seem to be “more homework” and “more testing”, Brightworks represents a potentially revolutionary new approach. In the past fifty years, we have consistently reduced our expectations in terms of what we think children are capable of. Tinkering School was an experiment in resetting those expectations; in the children who attended and the parents who enrolled them. Brightworks builds on those successes and is showing that children are not only more capable, but actually excited to take on bigger, more sophisticated projects, in an engaging hands-on learning environment. To many, from Sir Ken Robinson, to Dale Dougherty, editor of Make magazine, to the thousands of people who have watched videos of Gever Tulley’s TED presentations, the Arc is a compelling and intuitively better approach to educating children - one with the potential to spread around the globe.
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Brightworks is a project of the Institute for Applied Tinkering (IAT). The IAT is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization under tax ID 26-4299346. Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. IAT, PO Box 370721, Montara, CA 94037-0721.
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