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Every Teenager a Michelangelo: Can Studio Schools Prepare and Engage Adolescent Minds? |

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One idea for reaching teenage learners comes from Geoff Mulgan, chief executive of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts. In his TED Talk on embracing the concept of the studio school, he said: “Large numbers of teenagers learn best by doing things. They learn best in teams and they learn best by doing things for real—all the opposite of what mainstream schooling actually does.”

Mulgan’s pedagogical effort resembles the concept of Renaissance studios, prevalent in Europe for three centuries beginning in the 1400s. Student received their tutelage from experienced masters, and artists and inventors such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo learned their trades in this setting. Can the digital age return to this Renaissance concept?

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