A Different Kind of Education
2021 / May
Our cover story this month explores “alternative education.” Looking outside the existing educational paradigm, we visit several non-typical learning venues, including the Taiwan Insect Museum, curated by beetle breeding expert Ko Hsin-ping, as well as Tamorak and Pinanaman, two community schools that teach in the Amis language. We see how the Covestro MagicMaterial School and Learning in Science are transforming science education, and we sample the outdoor experiences offered by the Taiwan Wilderness Education Association. These organizations enable students to get to know themselves in the process of learning, and to rediscover their enthusiasm and motivation.
Immersion in Amis
Tamorak and Pinanaman Community Schools
The different ethnic communities living throughout the island of Taiwan once spoke their various tongues and practiced their diverse cultures. Gradually, no matter where they hailed from, by learning from the same textbooks and speaking the same language, they shed their local color. Fortunate......
An Insect Museum for the Children
Beetle Breeder Extraordinaire Ko Hsin-Ping
When Ko Hsin-ping entered graduate school in the Department of Entomology at National Taiwan University after taking top marks in the entrance exam, he dreamt of becoming a professor and returning to teach at his alma mater. But after he received his master’s degree he chose to set up in busin......
Working Their Magic
Covestro and LIS Reinvent Science Education
Alternative science education fosters scientific understanding through fun experiences. Yet the field’s ample use of dramatic scientific experiments is but a means, for the actual goal is to engender “chemistry” among the participants themselves. The Covestro MagicMaterial School helps hearin......
Trekking for Self-Discovery
The Taiwan Wilderness Education Association
“Wherever we go in the mountains… we find more than we seek.” —John Muir Trekking in the mountains is a demanding pastime. For some trekkers, those demands are the point. They love that the pursuit requires them to be mutually supportive, to confront their weaknesses, and to become better comm......