Our Betty Kellogg tribute page.
The Hawkins Centers of Learning exhibit, “Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins,” will be hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Nature and Science, 1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico, beginning on February 13, 2014, continuing through April 4.
Its next location will be Lincoln, Nebraska.
In Canada, the exhibit is now at the Acorn School, 1061 Elgin Mills Rd. E, Richmond Hill, Ontario. This Canadian exhibition is hosted by a partnership between Richland Academy and the Acorn School. See the Press Release HERE.
Frances and David Hawkins (Frances d. 2006, David d. 2002) were educational theorists whose work is expressed worldwide. Frances was primarily a teacher. Her observations and reflections formed the basis of David’s theories. Their concepts were inspirational to the pedagogy of the world-renowned infant toddler centers and pre-schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and are currently articulated in many schools, museums and other educational organizations. Frances and David worked with both teachers and children, using curiosity-based education, which did not rely on prepared curricula.
Their lifetime of work together produced approaches to education that inspired dedication and passion in teachers and students. Students learned about science and math while deeply engaged in projects that interested them. The children’s investigations, freed from the confines of textbook-based curricula, held compelling qualities that drew engagement from their teachers. Teachers who themselves had experience with open-ended exploration of materials were better able to deepen and extend their students’ learning experiences.
Their approaches to learning are starkly contrasted against the current national educational mandates, which are based on predesigned curricula. Textbooks are to be followed to the letter, and much emphasis is on “teaching-to-the test.” The teacher’s role, stripped of creativity, is to get what is in the books into the students’ heads. Is it any wonder that the teacher attrition rate in the US has increased 50% during the past 15 years? And who will speak for today’s students?
Frances and David Hawkins spoke with and for both teachers and students. Their message is especially vital today. Hawkins Centers of Learning’s efforts in workshops, gatherings, writings and presentations are directed towards developing professionals, who appreciate and are prepared to articulate and practice curiosity-based approaches to education.