Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method !

For nearly 40 years, the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method has enabled young people--from kindergarten through college level, to succeed in their studies.  The basis for this success is found in these principles by the founder of Aesthetic Realism, Eli Seigel.  1) "The purpose of education is to like the wold through knowing it."  and 2) "The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites."  In the first principle is the deepest and widest reason we want to learn anything at all, including more formally in a classroom setting: to know the world better and to like it more.  This meets students at their center and their minds flourish as they learn to see meaning in the world through mathematics, history, grammar and more.  And the basis of liking the world through the subject is the opposites.  Students learn that liking the world can be a joyous and critical procedure as one sees the structure of the world within the subject.  For example, the way sameness and difference are in the structure of every amino acid; the way sameness and change are beautifully one in the water cycle and the way separation and junction are present in the two sides of the heart--though completely separate, they beat in synchrony.  Wonderful!   

I invite you to visit the Aesthetic Realism Foundation's website which to learn more about this great teaching method and how it is implemented. 


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