{June 28, 2010}   Teaching Practices

Some weeks ago, I watched an old Argentinian film about a teacher who worked in an innovative way during the late 1930s. Her name was Olga Cossettini, and she believed that school should prepare students for life: she wanted students to be in contact with nature and to have a special relationship with their teachers and peers.

Olga Cossettini, together with her sister Leticia, encouraged work upon the theories of Giuseppe Lombardo Radice, Giovanni Gentile, Maria Montessori and John Dewey in Argentina. They wanted an education specially focused on the students, making them the main character of the learning experience.  Among their ideals, we can name:

– Respect for children

– No borders between school and community. The school must be entangled in the life of every member of the community.

– No discrimination to or among students and/or teachers

– Teachers from the same community help the specific purpose of the school

If you are interested in learning how this school headmistress worked, you can watch “La Escuela de la Señorita Olga” or read some information about her. (Almost everything I came across is in Spanish, hope you can understand it!)


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