Blue school

Creativity and learning


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About the project Edit

Created by the Blue Man Group - a long-running theatrical hit that features three mute guys with earless, sticky blue heads, homemade instruments and a lot of crepe paper - the Blue School mission is to cultivate creative, joyful and compassionate inquirers who use courageous and innovative thinking to build a harmonious and sustainable world. Located in lower Manhattan, the school offers a unique educational approach that celebrates intellectual risk-taking, creativity, collaboration, authenticity and empathy, and places these qualities on par with other educational goals and measures for academic achievement. It opened its doors in September 2008 to 61 New York City kids kindergarten age or younger.

Committed to keeping a sense of wonder, play and joy alive throughout each child's educational trajectory, every classroom is a diverse community with a shared passion for learning. Teachers, students and parents work collaboratively to create a rich, deeply integrated educational environment that celebrates the unearthing of great questions and big ideas.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

It is a unique and inspiring school that ignites an intrinsic passion for learning and growth.The educational model is made up of two components: the Core Curriculum, which represents the basic academic subjects the program will cover, and the Values, which describe the approach and the key elements "connected" to the subjects in the curriculum. Each of the values relate in some way to the idea of connection, whether it be the connection to a community, to one's emotions, to one's artistic voice, to one's body, to the world, to one's interests, or to one's sense of joy and wonder. That model emerged out of a desire to achieve a new kind of balance between academic rigor and academic enchantment, as both are essential attributes of a truly exceptional education.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Blue School is a place where every member of the community grows together in inspiring ways and where each child's voice is heard and valued.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The school admits that their methodology is quite unique and does not suit everybody but they believe every school should have some elements of it.

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