This open conversation format examines institutionalized school education and discusses experiences and methods of teaching critical thinking to kids and teens.
A crucial part of children’s upbringing is shaped in school—a system that tells kids how to behave and what to learn. Institutionalized education still teaches “discipline,” believes in “objective truths,” and emphasizes norms. History books still exclude marginalized perspectives and hide colonial pasts—and presents. Biology courses and Physical Education classes are still far away from breaking gender binaries. Technology and Natural Science are still praised as “neutral” and are seen as problem-solvers.
After the great response to our first “Let’s Talk About School” event, we are offering a second session to discuss our own schooling and experiences as educators and to ask: how can we make space for critical thinking and bring in decolonial and intersectional perspectives that sensitize school kids to discriminatory structures? What challenges did we face with institutional education as pupils and educators? What teaching methods and environments do we need? And how can we support schoolchildren in contributing their interests and questions?
The format is free and open to everyone. Seats are limited to 20 people, so please register only if you are sure you can participate.
Registrations will open soon!
“Let’s Talk” is an open format to exchange working methods, research topics, and issues concerned with working in the field of arts and design, culture, and education. It is meant to connect across disciplines, support one another in professional struggles, and learn from each other’s questions, doubts, concerns, and victories. The format is curated by Mio Kojima.
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