In his ethnography Wisdom Sits in Places, the anthropologist Keith Basso reveals the Western Apaches’ poetic sense of place. Landscape symbolizes a community’s history and is intrinsically linked with the memory of ancestors and their way of life. As children come of age, they demonstrate their maturity by recognizing and honoring the stories of each place. The land, learning, and culture are one.
Kids are terrible at concentrating, until you put a video game in front of them, and suddenly, they’re doctors performing brain surgery. (Or so conventional wisdom goes.) Dutch architects i29 put that theory to work on the furniture at Het Veer, a public school for children with attention deficits and other learning disabilities in Almere, the Netherlands. The place is designed like an architectural gloss on BuzzWire!
"Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it… And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world… nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world." —Hannah Arendt