I may have a biast opinion in how I feel about the teaching methods of Maria Montessori considering my mother is a teacher of one of her schools and I myself am a product of a Montessori system. The kinesthetic teaching style has produced nothing but profound results in the young mind and is becoming a more highly considered school of thought rather than the ways and requirements of a “normal” public school system. Granted, the idea of a normal school system varies based on area and economic stature, however, across the board Montessori’s style proves beneficial in all arenas.
Maria Montessori studied medicine at Italy’s University of Rome La Sapienza and was the first graduated woman of the school and one of the first female doctors of her time. Her focus on a study of uneducable children and how to educate them spawned into the thoughts and methods of teaching we know today, as the experiment was a huge success and test results came back with the above average scores. The idea she developed was not that the teacher would the primary source for the educational process but rather a guide. The children themselves were meant to be their own influence onto the next level of education. This was achieved with a series of special equipment developed by Maria in order to enhance a sort of curiosity in the mind of the child, granting them their own teacher and learning at the pace they desired without the pressures of a testing system where every child is expected to be ready at a certain time.
Montessori is an inspiration to me in that her mind seemed to have no full capacity limit to dreams, making them become realities. Her life’s work was dedicated to the improvement of children’s welfare, not only within their education but lifestyles as well. For the time of her accomplishment, and being that she was a women is profound. She not only crossed the line of feminist ideals, but established herself as a household name in the early 1900’s for the sake of better education.
Terry Richardson is an American born fashion photographer, that is his title, at least. When you google search Terry Richardson, the top three topics of discussion that pop up first are his photography blogs, his wikipedia page and sexual harassment accusations. There is no mistaking that there is a very graphic context to the style in which Terry chooses to base his work around. Many of his images might as well be categorized as pornographic. However, if one is asked to model for a man who is known for this sort of work, and then throwing a hissy fit at the audacity of the request to take your top off seems a bit odd to me. If i need make myself clear, I do not find Terry Richardson’s sexual promiscuity to be inspirational. I find Terry Richardson, the fashion photographer, inspirational. He is down right dirty, covered in ink, and said to be a person of pleasant spirits and if i met him i would probably take my shirt off for him too
While visiting a friend in New York, I came upon his coffee table book, Terryworld, and found myself unable to put it down. The vulgarity in every picture, the flesh of the people he had captured, was the true side of humanity. With or without make up, he had this way of exposing the human spirit in the brightest of lights and a simple white backdrop. I cannot stop looking at his blog. He makes men look like women, and women look like men. He makes everyone sexy. He inspires me to be who I want to be with or without the best of lighting.
The thought: To highlight those whom I find inspiring and successful in reality and publicly viewed to generalize what might be deemed as successful.
To push off with a strong foot on a project of emphasizing characters, I have chosen to begin with the brain of Tom Sachs. In the Wall Street Journal Magazine’s edition featuring the special innovators of 2011, Sachs led the pack in its “Ideas and People” section. Commissioned by the magazine to create a list he dubbed the “Ten Bullets” is a list that I know have within reach as a WWTSD for simple yet ethical answers to creative life barriers. Now, I am not one who dabbles in magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, however coming upon this piece is something I view as an intentional life “stumbleupon”. The list made me curious as to who this man was and why he was doing what he was doing.
Sachs, as an artist, is fascinated with combining what could be considered his unfinished pieces with logos of consumerism. Herme’s “H” adorned value size meals, Prada toilets and a nativity set where the virgin Mary is replaced with a bronze Hello Kitty does not satisfy the average taste. I must admit, and granted that everyone is allowed their own interpretation, but his intention to offend works in drawing attention to his message is what I find inspirational. Just because you’re not supposed to do it does not mean you should not.
Number 9 on the list is PROCRASTINATE: “If at first you don’t succeed, give up immediately. Move on to some other task until that becomes unbearable, then move on again, circling back around to the first problem. By now, your subconscious will have worked on it. Sort of like sleep, only cheaper”.
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