Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Caine's Arcade

The following video about Caine Monroy, a 9-year old boy who built a cardboard arcade in his dad’s used auto parts store, has been traveling through school the past two days.  Teachers have been sharing it with one another and in the video has also been shown to some classes.  In simple terms, it's a great story and hard not to be inspired after learning about Caine's Arcade.

The video stirred thoughts on Caine's perception of school and in particular two questions resonated.  

  1. Does Caine find school to be challenging, engaging and empowering?
  2. How do we effectively nurture Caine's interests, passions, talents, DIY attitude and creative being?
It would be troubling if someone like Caine Monroy who, at least through the video, seems to be committed, industrious and innovative to struggle in school or worse, be bored.  I just wonder about the transfer between his summer endeavor and what transpires the other ten months of the year.