interest in conversation or communication.These are what Dewey described as "the natural resources, the uninvested capital, upon exercise of which depends the active growth of the child."
interest in inquiry or finding out things.
interest in making things or construction.
interest in artistic expression.
If you were had visited our ESSA box making class in my Clear Spring School woodworking laboratory today you would have seen that the same fourfold interests are what drive adults as well, as we share conversation, make inquiries, while making boxes that express artistic inclinations. What you would have found on your visit is a model for the ideal school if we only had sufficient wisdom to make necessary change.
Today in the CSS woodworking laboratory, students continued making boxes. I began a demonstration making inlay and made a box which I can use to demonstrate installing hinges. While my students explored new designs from their own imaginations, others began practice in hand-cut dovetails.