I love this idea! A Pirate Supply Store with an ulterior motive… A tutoring/ mentoring/ publishing center where kids can have one-on-one attention and find an outlet for their creativity & self-expression.
As Dave Eggers explains, one-on-one attention in getting homework done makes a happy kid. The kids have extra time to go home and enjoy time with their family, making for a happy family. Happy families create a happy community; several happy communities makes a happy world…
|As Eggers jokes :
“The key to it all is homework…”
One-on-one attention & complete devotion to “turning on the switch” in the kids.
I have always wanted to have an architectural office that was more then just an office. Many architects have a basketball hoop to ignite the “creative spark” or a field trip to Disney to “get inspired.” These idea were great, and did caused a friendly, creative atmosphere, but was not enough for me.
My dream is to ignite the artistic spark in kids. Nowadays, public schools are eliminating art programs & the creative spark in kids is flickering. Many kids do not have art classes at school anymore. In my field, new job candidates have great technical abilities, but artistically many are lacking. Some of them cannot visualize a 3-D image in their head (this is basic training in architecture school) – they rely on the computer to do it. Nobody draws on the ‘board’ anymore.
To me this is sad! The best part of designing is putting pencil on paper & channeling the ideas stuck in my head thru the pencil, onto the paper. Then seeing those ideas become something real is powerful!
So this video got me thinking. What about a tutoring/art center AND an architect/ Artist studio that helps kids do their homework while teaching them art side-by-side with architects/ artists who are doing it right now! Imagine the amount of self-expression that can happen? That really would inspire me to go to work every morning!
As a kid I always visualized myself one day working side by side with great architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, or artists like Picasso. “One day I will do that!” And I was lucky enough to sit with Robert Venturi for a few hours.
Well, how about that day being real RIGHT now for a kid.
Eggers, in his TED wish says… “The kids need you.. take the lead in partnering with the schools… Some kids just plain do not know how good they are… you can tell them. Shine that light on them – one human interaction at a time.”
His website OnceUponASchool.org challenges us to shine that light on the kids in our own community.
The average students knows his teacher has to help with his schoolwork, and he knows his parents have to help. But there’s something very new and transformative about meeting a member of the community — a professional journalist, a radio disc jockey, a graduate student, an advertising copywriter, a software developer, a retired lawyer — and have that person give them 2-3 hours of undivided attention. Almost without exception, student achievement and understanding leaps when they are given this concentrated one-on-one attention.”
Eggers’ wish is for the community to create & submit 1,000 ideas & projects that support the kids in their local public schools.
But the way I see it, he is really challenging us to live our dreams & to help kids live their dreams through “transformational interactions.”
What is your dream…
Share it with the world.