On Monday, July 29th, UClass Founder Zak Ringelstein visited the White House for a round table discussion with some of the most influential leaders in Washington. He was the youngest person in the room and the only teacher.
Zak was thrilled to have intimate conversations with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D), Senator Mark Warner (D), Senator Jerry Moran (R), Senator Tim Kaine (D), and President Barack Obama. The round table was an extremely rewarding experience as Zak was able to share the UClass mission, talk about the pros and cons of standardization (ie. the Common Core) in education, and join in on conversations about the future of education technology. This same spirit of teamwork is one that we here at UClass are taking into the new school year as we foster collaboration among educators and students around the world.
T4A organized the visit and Jennifer Walske, one of UClass’ investors, afforded Zak this great opportunity. This event was nothing short of a dream and reinforces how powerful a presence UClass is becoming as it connects the minds and resources and teachers and students around the world.
UClass Founder Meeting President Obama
UClass Founder with Julie Heinz and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D)
Education Round Table with Arne Duncan
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10 Lessons the Arts (Actually) Teach
1. The arts teach children to make GOOD JUDGEMENTS about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgement rather than rules that prevail.
2. The arts teach children that problems can have MORE than ONE solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
3. The arts celebrate multiple PERSPECTIVES. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to SEE and INTERPRET the world.
4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ABILITY and a WILLINGNESS to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
5. The arts make VIVID that face that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can KNOW. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our COGNITION.
6. The arts teach students that SMALL DIFFERENCES can have LARGE EFFECTS. The arts traffic in subtleties.
7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which IMAGES become REAL.
8. The arts help CHILDREN LEARN to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of arts helps them FEEL, they must reach into their POETIC CAPACITIES to find the words that will do the job.
9. The ARTS ENABLE us to have EXPERIENCE we can have from no other source and through such experience to DISCOVER the range and variety of what we are capable of FEELING.
10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults BELIEVE is IMPORTANT.
(Source: msleahhbicoftheartroom, via educationinthefuture)