Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Giftedness and genius, guidance and growth

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You can tell from the title that today is G-Day at ABC Wednesday.

"Gee, what a nice campus for 9th to 12th grade kids," I thought while waiting for a bus just outside the school's fence and seeing it more or less up close for the first time.
The sign said ISRAEL ARTS AND SCIENCE ACADEMY.
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Here's what I now learn from Googling:

"IASA is the most integrated high school in Israel.
Its 200 students and over 1000 graduates come from more than 100 communities across Israel.
They are religious and secular Jews; Israeli Arabs (Druze, Christian, Bedouin and Muslim); new immigrants and native-born Israelis.
They come from development towns and major cities, kibbutzim and moshavim.
They represent the full mosaic of Israeli society."
--from the Academy's website

Overlooking the southern Jerusalem Hills, the 19-acre Schusterman Campus is home to the students for three years. A real residential high school.
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IASA was founded in 1990 by the Society for Excellence through Education.
The carefully selected gifted students may major in either natural sciences , music, visual arts, or humanities.
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Listen to what Wikipedia says! --
"The studies in the Art Department consist of painting, sculpting, photography, and video art classes.
Students also study the history of modern art and classic art.
In their second year, students write their own academic paper about any art topic they choose. In their third year, students work on their final practical exhibit."
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Lucky kids, eh?
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More about Israel's various programs for the "gifted, talented, and very able" is here.
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15 comments:

JM said...

It looks fantastic!

Rayna Eliana said...

It is a lovely looking building.

Jedediah said...

That's a school I'd love to go to. The tower on the right seems to be looking at you :)

Robin said...

Lucky children to be able to study in a program like that! I'm jealous...

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Dina said...

I agree with you all.
And I forgot to write that about 90% of the students are on scholarship.

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic indeed and how wonderful for the children able to take part in a program like this one! Terrific! Great and interesting post for the day and I love your photo, beautiful looking place!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Reader Wil said...

I think the school itself is a piece of art! What a beautiful architecture!

Roger Owen Green said...

that's the kind of schoolthat could foster peace, just by people of different backgrounds getting to know each other better.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

ρομπερτ said...

How very, very impressive. A role model indeed. May time and life continue to treat them all kind.

Please have a good Wednesday.


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Kay said...

What a beautiful place, Dina.

Kay L. Davies said...

Fascinating, Dina. I just had to look up the school online to learn more about it, because it sounds like such a wonderful place. Very impressive!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous! Great choice for this week's G.

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VP said...

A great building in a very nice place. I still can't see photography as an art, but this is one of those strange ideas rumbling in my head...

Virginia said...

Very lucky kids to have such offerings but also to attend school with such a diverse group of friends. That's what we need more of.
V

Pietro said...

A pleasant looking building in a beautiful green place!