Think Like Da Vinci

Education researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh argue that there is a compelling case for a drastic shake-up of the school curriculum, so that subjects are no longer taught independently of one another. Instead, the arts and sciences should ‘teach together’ around real-world problems, and in a manner rooted in pupils’ lived experiences. The model draws inspiration from Renaissance polymaths like Leonardo Da Vinci, who worked across disciplinary boundaries in pursuit of deeper knowledge. Says researcher Pam Burnard, “If we look at the amazing designs that Da Vinci produced, it’s clear he was combining different disciplines to advance knowledge and solve problems. We need to encourage children to think in a similar way because tomorrow’s adults will have to problem-solve differently – especially those of climate, sustainability, and the life on Earth.”

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