Location: Science Center, room 418D
We learn best when we play. Neuroscience today confirms what Dr. Winnecott discovered while treating disturbed children, and what Paolo Freire taught to democratize education: that pleasure and creativity are fundamental to development. So we invite you to play Pre-Texts! Simple yet profound, Pre-Texts is a pedagogical protocol that uses challenging texts as primary material for art-making. Between interpreting the material and reflecting on the process, creative and critical thinking develop together a virtuous cycle. Among the results are enjoyment of diversity and admiration for other citizen/artists. Since pleasure is fundamental to cognitive and emotional growth, we can increase the scholastic and social capacity of young people by inviting them to use difficult texts – artistically, irreverently – just as great artists and thinkers have always done!