I love the discussion about what Trust in Play will be as a school, and this journey is one of the one that interest me the most.
I feel that here we have the opportunity to experiment and deconstruct some of the classical structure that we created on the topic of design and I would love to dismantle these together.
Last year, for the first time in my life, I start working full time as an educator in a US private university (MICA - Maryland Institute College of Art).
My previous experience of teaching were mostly business oriented, 2 days workshop with small groups of individuals that I would never see again. The goal was to pass to them as much as we could about the topic we were mastering (how to make effective presentation).
In this, as @KyrAvram said, it was a very exploitative process, but the counterpart, was that we can make a living out of it.
I’m a white cis male person and the last year in the US made me clearer how this could impact your existence and how privileged I am. I never experienced poverty, but I was educated to be frugal (and I love this side of mine), my grandparents being WWII generations farmers.
I’m an immigrant (the first ever in my family), in a nation that is both the best (everybody can make it here!) and the worst (we want you only if we can exploit you), this make me vulnerable, unable to make long term plan, alone in my day to day specificity.
For the first time though in the last year I was able to reach a financial stability, but I acknowledge that this is the result of a very exploitative system, the US higher educational system.
MICA is a very expensive art school, students take on loan to be able to attend this school, and they need to get very good job when they are out of here in order to pay back as fast as possible their debt. Not easy for artist. My european attitude of being poor but at the same time give myself time to find the perfect job, doesn’t apply here.
Having all of that under my skin I really struggled to understand my role as an educator, in that moment one foundational reading was Teach to transgress by bell hooks.
Their concept of Engaged Pedagogy and how to Embrace Change are something that I’m aspiring to.
The learning environment is a environment of change, and everyone that is present and committed will be changed by that. It’s a community in its more deep sense, because is a communal experience.
I’m not particularly affectionate to my role as the professor in an environment, I don’t feel de-evaluated if i lower myself to the position of a facilitator or an older peer, but I wonder if I should challenge that as well.
Is it possible to educate people to be free? To find a way to navigate the contemporary professional system and be self-realized? Are we allowing this in our learning environment?
This is a question that I would love to explore here.
One thing that I really like of Trust in Play (and back in my mind I feel is one result that it’s important in an educational environment) is relationship with other humans.
In my professional development, humans, friends, peers were SO important, they were everything! (here is the italian text of that presentation)
This long statement just to say that I would love to be in this with you, I hope that this space will be an opportunity of growth for all of us and I hope that though sharing and challenging each other we will reach a more complete self-realization of ourselves.