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Howard Gardner did kind of a remarkable thing, in that he offered academic validation that a variety of forms of human expression are forms of human intelligence. Music smart, nature smart, smart in the physical use of one's body, may not measure up to listening engagement and analytical processing in the rigid realm of American education, but at least Gardner in his recognition of multiple intelligences, gave other intellectual capacities claw marks on the school walls as more generations were disappointed, discouraged, disengaged and left stranded.
Educational Sloyd ought to serve as the model for overall school reform. It offered the following precepts. Start with the interests of the child, move from the known to the unknown, from the easy to the more difficult, from the simple to the complex, and from the concrete to the abstract. Conventional public education has a couple parts of this formula down pat. Through scope and sequence of curricula, it is set up to move from the easy to more difficult, and from simple to complex, but it often fails to engage the interests of each child, fails to start with what is known to the child, and most often fails in making the steady move back and forth between the concrete and abstract.
Making real, useful and beautiful things engages all the senses, and all forms of human intellect, and so educational Sloyd was understood by early practitioners to be the best way to build upon the good start made by Kindergarten.
Yesterday I mentioned doing something different by expressing skill. On a radio interview later in the afternoon I heard Ellen Langer describe her new book, Counter-Clockwise, Mindful health and the power of possibility. I think my readers in particular will understand the relationship between doing hand work, which might seem mindless to those who are outside observers of it, and the development of mindfulness.
As to the photos above, please Guess the Use! Can you figure out what these are for, and how they are to be used? What are the holes used for and why the steel pins? I offer this hint. They are parts to be used in the small cabinet I am packing to send to Fine Woodworking for photographs for an upcoming article on the installation of knife hinges. Use the comments section to share your guesses.
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