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Lego Founder Opening School (and it's not your parents' school)

CJ Westerberg, May 26, 2013 3:16 PM

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"We talk to children about rights and responsibilities
so they can better understand the consequences of their actions and
develop true self-discipline.
We use codes of conduct rather than rules;
reflection and restoration rather than punitive sanctions."

-from the International School of Billund website

"Systematic Creativity"

Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the billionaire grandson of the founder of Lego is opening a school.
The Atlantic reports:

The International School of Billund will focus on inquiry-based, Montessori-style education. "Collaboration, problem solving, and learning through play are embedded into our learning philosophy," the school says of its curriculum, "and we believe that a fusion of these highly acknowledge learning methods mentioned above will strengthen our students' ability to engage in life as creative, critical thinkers."

The campus will feature bicycle routes, learning labs, music studios, and playgrounds. And also, yes, lots of Legos. As the school explains of its approach to what it calls "Systematic Creativity,"

When the Lego system is used in a learning environment young people become creative, active and collaborative learners. They take ownership and are self-driven. They express their originality. They also learn from the interpreted experiences of other people as they share their ideas. They learn by reflecting on experiences and discussing how things work and they help each other to learn through the shared language of the brick.

Before you get too jealous of the children of Billund, though, it's worth noting that the school will still be ... a school. Students will learn, the school emphasizes, under standards set by the International Baccalaureate (IB) with the Danish school system.

 
Read full article HERE.

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