CREATING A NEW FORMAT OF STUDYING


My journey began four years ago, when I decided to open an alternative school and started looking for the best school models of our time for inspiration. While researching new ways, I wondered if solutions for the 21st century might be found in the wisdom of the different civilizations: which educational approaches contributed to them thriving? 
 
As in a treasure chest, I collected the most effective and fascinating educational philosophies and pedagogical tools of different peoples and ages. On that basis I have developed a stimulating holistic learning approach. 

ABOUT AUTHOR

THE POLYMATH HOUSE is a vision of 

an alternative to school,
an educational institution of the next generation.

Its educational philosophy is to help 

unfold the natural polymathy of a student by using the best pedagogical practices available.​​
THE
POLYMATH HOUSE
The heart of my vision is the idea of polymathy , the ability to excel in a variety of subjects that are seemingly unrelated to each other. It is the ability to see the bigger picture; to see, to enjoy and to work with the interconnectedness of everything in the world. The archetypical example is that of the Renaissance man Leanardo da Vinci. His famous quote highlights the concept:


​Study the science of art.
Study the art of science.
Develop your senses -
especially learn how to see.
Realize that everything
connects to everything else.

                      Leonardo da Vinci

​Through my research in world history I realized that most of the people who contributed to the development of humanity were not narrow-minded and well-trained specialists, but astonishing polymaths. Even more - we are all born polymaths! As children we usually show interest in a wider variety of subjects. Why not encourage everything we already are to manifest and thrive?

Specialization has been "the norm" for the last three centuries. However, specialization may not be sufficient in the 21st century, in a world full of Artificial Intelligence. In the future, it is the knowledge and skills of the polymath, supported by universal human values that will make us truly valuable in the workplace, and fulfilled in our daily lives.

How  will THE POLYMATH HOUSE differ from a regular school?

  1. The new aim of education
    The aim of education should not be to prepare a student for selling himself/herself to the employer. A more holistic aim is to discover the beauty of the world, to be in awe and curios, to enjoy and to be able to actively contribute to its development. This will make one a sought-after master of knowledge.
  2. Polymathic approach
    Taking a polymathic approach in learning instead of forcing a child into one specialization allows them to have a solid foundation in fundamental sciences and humanities and better able to grasp concepts of a broad variety. Later students can specialize in anything they choose.
  3. Mergence of child & adult learning
    Experience shows that a collaborative approach to learning, where children and adults learn together, can be extremely enriching and motivating, leading to unexpected innovations. I continuously receive requests from adults who want to study within this frame.
  4. Unusual design
    "We shape our buildings, and afterward, our buildings shape us.” The quote belongs to a famous polymath, Winston Churchill, and it expresses my desire to have a truly beautiful, aesthetically inspiring, and somewhat unusual space for The Polymath House.
  1. World history as a coordinate system
    History is the perfect platform for interdisciplinary studies. The chronological framework will build an understanding of evolutionary and civilization processes. History becomes an integral part of modern life, as well as the natural and harmonious component of the student’s own life.
  2. Polymathic curriculum
    A polymathic curriculum is based on a wider perspective, and allows students to make a better choice for their future studies and work. Everything is important: Fundamental Sciences, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences and Arts will be studied in as profound a way as possible taking into consideration the child’s age, with the goal of creating a solid knowledge base.
The core competences we will work on
Systems Thinking
Innovative Thinking
Intuitive thinking
Systemic thinking is the ability to see "the forest beyond the trees" and understand complex issues. The synthesis of ideas, concepts, and areas of study, as well as viewing issues as a whole are core aspects of systemic thinking. The ability to see the whole world with its daily events, cultural phenomena, and nature as interplay of parts and the whole is becoming increasingly important in our interconnected world.
Innovative thinking is not only a subject for engeneers, it is a great asset in any profession. And the good news is  - it can be learned! Based on the unique TRIZ pedagogy, which originally served as a method of finding creative solutions for engineers, children can playfully and joyfully learn to solve complex tasks from the perspective of an inventor. 
"Logic can lead to evidence, but can not gain new insights. This includes intuition.” These are the words of a great French polymath (mathematician, theoretical physicist, engineer and philosopher) Henri Poincaré.
The simplest and most effective method of reinforcing intuitive intelligence was found in the didactic of Ancient India in the form of meditation. 
Individualized Learning
Collective Learning
Artistic Education
We will approach every student as an individual; his/her interests and ways of learning will be considered.
Subjects such as languages and mathematics require more individual learning. By using a combination of World-Pedagogy know-how and digitization students will achieve proficiency in these training-intensive disciplines.
Collective Learning differs from group learning and teamwork, because it is based on other principals and techniques. It fosters creativity and knowledge-acquisition on a new level. Collective learning is especially helpful in exploring science, history and applied science.
In the theoretical part the children will study the history of music, dance, painting, sculpture and architecture. They will learn to appreciate the beauty of different styles and masters.
In practice they will learn to create art by themselves, being inspired to achieve mastery in visual and performing arts. We will regularly invite artists, musicians, painters, and authors to share their passion and craft with the students.
Awareness of Nature
Common Good 
Empowerment 
Small children are fond of nature but later they lose the connection because of the demans of their environment, and gadgets. Making children aware of nature, connecting to it, interacting with it on walks, talks, and activities like gardening - this is how we re-discover an awareness of nature. Studying nature like scientists and enjoying it like small children - this is the way to appreciate and be one with the awesome world of nature.
Modern way of life, so comfortable and charming as it is leads to the destruction of environment and relationships.
Common good is that which is shared by and beneficial to all or most members of a given community. How do we make children aware of the mutual dependence between the flourishing of the individual and the flourishing of the society? From the creation of learning content to urban planning - all possible contributions can be made by everyone for the sustainable development of the human race. 
The major task of The Polymath House is to create an inspiring learning environment and provide students with guidance on their learning journey. We will have to comply with the national regulations by passing annual exams. However within the methods and various ways of studying, as well as taking organizational issues into consideration, a lot of opportunity will be given for student self-governance. 
The Research and Training Center

As a pionieering educational institution, THE POLYMATH HOUSE will collaborate with universitivies for research purposes. The next step is naturally - sharing! The House will provide wokshops and training courses for educators and parents from all over the world.
Where will THE POLYMATH HOUSE be located?

In my vision the ideal place for THE POLYMATH HOUSE is Austria, for many good reasons. However the legal and financial conditions for establishing such an education center in Austria are not easy.  I am open to other options elsewere where the legal, financial and enviromental conditions will be better.

Feel inspired? Want to join? Willing to support?
Please contact me through the contact form below if you are:
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Admission for children ages 6-17.
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Are you willing to enhance your learning abilities and to discover your innate inner polymath?
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