I have created this acronym STEP to embody creative and critical thinking skills that must be inculcated in all children through education in formal as well as informal educational settings. These skills support proactive learning as individuals engage in multifaceted contexts throughtout life. Only when individuals engage with the new information through questioning, exploring, sharing understandings, they learn meaningfully and can better apply the acquired knowledge to new situations.

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The Hue and Cry Surrounding the Afghan Government Collapse – How Can I Be Wrong?

The Hue and Cry Surrounding the Afghan Government Collapse – How Can I Be Wrong?

I think not just in a severe conflict or war situations, but also in everyday life where sundry complexities abound and surround humans, this kind of a ‘thinking disposition’ empower the young to use effectively their reasoning and navigate their way through personal as well as professional quandaries that could be ambiguity ridden. Enculturating such thinking behaviors warrantees schools’ top priority and our schools need to make a surge of effort in this direction.

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A Kerkuffle around Teaching the Critical Race Theory

A Kerkuffle around Teaching the Critical Race Theory

In an apparent attempt to restrict the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT), the new Texas law (June 2021) prevents a teacher from exploring any topic (not just the state’s history of enslavement) in a way that makes a student “feel discomfort, guilt, (or) anguish.” Twenty-six states are considering or have passed bills to make sure critical race theory is not taught in their public schools. Alas! The reasoning that backs this law doesn’t chime with many including me! So we’re going to make our student as the final arbiter of what teaching areas cause discomfort and therefore removed from curriculum? And is this ‘discomfort’ really detrimental to growth and development, or rather a contributor?

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Respecting Identities

Respecting Identities

(This blog is a response to Kaywin Weldman’s blog: https://www.nga.gov/blog/memory-museums-once-known.html  Kaywin is the National Gallery of Art’s first woman director)  In the December of 2009, I accompanied my husband to the annual Climate Summit held that year in...

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ABOUT STEP LEARN

Humans have an innate capacity to be curious, explore to the sky’s limit, and learn through a self-driven inquiry that leads them to infer and make meaning. But just a quick glance at what we do in schools reveals how we inadvertently squash that innate ability to learn. Our long list of topics of the curriculum stifles critical and creative thinking, instead of providing opportunities for kids to ‘play’ with concepts, test theories, and make connections with their background knowledge to learn meaningfully. To best put it in words, the Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard school, Howard Gardner once quipped, “what we teach is a mile long and an inch deep.” Honestly, in making kids a store-house of ‘facts,’ we essentially clutter their mind.

 

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About me

I am a school docent at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C and a life-long learner in always looking for ways to enhance the educational journey of individuals, specifically young kids who are endowed with greater flexibility, blossoming creativity, and a readiness to explore fearlessly. With a focus on the cognitive aspects of learning visual art, I am interested in what individuals learn when they observe art, engage in a critical discourse, or produce works of art.

 

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