Thanks to COVID-19, just about every household in our country has just become an experiential learning classroom.
By experiencing the work in a radically unfamiliar context, with a group of inmates unafraid to go straight to the heart of the matter and make the story their own, I was able to rediscover its power and relevance for myself.
I dream of a classroom where students and reality collide, where knowledge is not just communicated but co-created.
What he took from Tolstoy’s novel, above all, is a vision of fierce idealism in a broken world.
There’s a cluster of skills that rarely get mentioned for college graduates. These are the abilities students must develop if they are to help heal our broken society.
At the heart of teaching is a transformation.
I’ve read these words from the final scene of The Brothers Karamazov countless times, and yet it was only recently that I understood them in an entirely new light.
How could I talk about what love and death and courage mean to Tolstoy without knowing what those things meant to me?
As the Russians understand so well, sorrow and frustration are often the price we have to pay for a fully engaged life.
“Once we’re thrown off our habitual paths, we think all is lost;
but it’s only here that the new and the good begins.”
— War and Peace
My head spinning from the nonstop barrage of news—most of it bad, all of it “breaking”—and the general anxiety in the air.
“This is what it looks like to read the hell out of the book.”
Teens who take responsibility for their own mistakes, acknowledge the dysfunction in their lives, and desire to change it.
Through the lens of Russian literature, Andrew Kaufman and his students glean new insights into compassion, acceptance, and the shared human experience.
These books will make you think and feel and grow as a human being.
Moments of crisis can either shut us down or open us up, helping us to tap into our deepest reservoirs of strength and creativity.