Carla Horwitz spends her time teaching undergraduates about child development and directing one of the nation’s premiere early child care centers: the Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten. In our conversation we talk about how these two jobs overlap, the importance of quality early education, and how college classrooms should be places for creativity and play.
0:00 ⏯ Intro
2:27 ⏯ What happens at the Child Study Center
4:20 ⏯ Anna Freud at Yale
6:44 ⏯ Balancing rules and wiggle room
12:34 ⏯ We think about education as nurturing, but that’s not the same as hugging people all the time.
13:42 ⏯ “Disequilibrium is the way that people learn. It can’t feel good all the time.”
15:30 ⏯ How do you incorporate the values and lessons of progressive education in your Yale classes?
16:20 ⏯ Using materials to explore and express a problem. “grim and joyless places with cookie-cutter artwork” vs. having a beautiful place to learn
20:14 ⏯ Progressive education: “It takes longer, and it’s messier, but they own it.”
23:30 ⏯ Making emotion a part of education. Executive function taught through play.
26:50 ⏯ “It annoys them that we don’t spend the whole class talking about the reading.”
28:05 ⏯ “This was the most meaningful class I had at Yale.”
31:23 ⏯ Helping students do experiential and practical work while guided by theory
32:39 ⏯ What kind of students study child development?
35:21 ⏯ “Education is a trade.”
39:00 ⏯ “I’m gonna be a better parent.” Bring this knowledge to your community.
40:08 ⏯ Teaching with your disciplinary equipment.
42:31 ⏯ Re-inventing progressive education. “We were going to change the world.”
43:44 ⏯ Urban education: “I don’t care what you do in your classroom, just line ‘em up quietly in the hall.”
46:16 ⏯ What should be different about teaching college students and three-year-olds?
48:00 ⏯ How international students are different at Yale. Knowing how to be wrong and to play.
51:57 ⏯ What to do about students who don’t do the work. Learning how to learn.
54:48 ⏯ Learning how to observe.
57:10 ⏯ Learning is not just cognitive. You can’t compartmentalize–but we do.