What teachers can learn from Leonardo da Vinci

Writing 500 years after Leonardo’s death, Ian Warwick is convinced that 21st-century education could learn a thing or two from the great genius’ approach to study

What we can learn from da Vinci

Back in the 15th century, Leonardo da Vinci immersed himself in every specialised discipline and direction that he could find, often all at once.

He was addicted to and driven by what he didn’t know, prying into everything, committed to unravelling the mysteries and urgencies that surrounded him. He took up an extraordinary range of interests and then abandoned almost as many. His was an eclectic brilliance; he dipped his mental brush into a range of subjects.

When Leonardo’s notebooks were eventually read and understood (as late as the 19th century), he emerged as a groundbreaking anatomist ...

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