The Independent Center for Integrative Education: Learning without Limits


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Valéry Fradkov
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Nadia Ivanchikov

Our Independent Center for Integrative Education provides workshops, seminars, and summer camps for children of all ages.
The concept of Integrative Education emphasizes interconnection among different fields of knowledge and intellectual/practical tools that we use together to solve real problems in our professional, social, and private lives. We believe that lack of such emphasis is one of the major deficiencies of contemporary education paradigm.
The tendency to divide knowledge into independent subjects is relatively new. When we call someone a Renaissance man, we usually mean that the person is excellently educated and excels in a wide variety of subjects or fields. The original Renaissance men – Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Galilei, Isaac Newton and Benjamin Franklin, among many others – would probably be surprised by such a definition. Indeed, they hardly saw the world divided into "subjects" and "fields" named physics, chemistry, art, math, sociology, etc. Many of them considered themselves Natural Philosophers, the term which covered all kinds of knowledge about nature. We tend to blame today's compartmentalization of knowledge on specialization necessary to deal with a much greater complexity of knowledge as compared to the fourteenth or even seventeenth century, but more plausible explanation is that it is much easier to develop standardized tests on separate subjects than on the whole body of knowledge. Since our school system is test-oriented, it prepares people for the tests rather than real life activities. In result, the students see the world as a mosaic of disconnected facts and skills. The notion of the underlying unity of the world is lost in translation. For more information about our approach please visit our page called Manifesto .
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