generation z’s answer to education for girls: school of doodle
School of Doodle is an online creative community teaching girls to ‘be loud’.
Girls across the world have been waiting for something like this for a long time, and finally, after years of development and a Kickstarter campaign that exceeded their $75,000 goal, it's here. School of Doodle is an online school/community/platform supplying teen girls with the tools to 'be loud'. Although the brainchild of Molly Logan, who has had many years experience in the creative industry, Doodle is run by a team of teen editors, writers and ambassadors from all over the world. "To me, Doodle is opportunity," 19-year-old School of Doodle ambassador Rhi Blossom shared. "It's there to support teen girls (anyone who identifies as female, connects with their femininity or is gender neutral). It serves as a creative sanctuary where we can identify with each other's struggles and triumphs through sharing our work and ideas. This online platform is a rare safe space to do that."
The platform has also been supported by an overwhelming number of successful artists, designers and musicians, from Kim Gordon and Yoko Ono to Jon Baldessari, Marina Abramovic, Rodarte and Pussy Riot - the list goes on. And best of all, these influencers are the ones teaching. The online lessons tackle subjects bigger than 'how to draw a portrait' - despite the name, this ain't no Art Attack. Thinking outside the box is key, and the aim is to develop non-cognitive skills as well as exploring the practical ones. Photographer Cass Bird might not teach you how to use a film camera, but instead talks about how being on set can feel like the first day of school. Theesatisfaction teaches how to have a successful creative partnership and Samira Wiley explains why 'Silly is good'.
Doodle also gives girls a platform to connect and share original content of their own, with profiles designed like a Facebook-Tumblr hybrid sprinkled with glitter. This provides a comfortable space to actually, as Doodle like to say, be 'loud', something not often encouraged in a world which teaches young women that being assertive is being 'bossy' and to draw attention to oneself is a no-no. Furthermore, members will be rewarded for their participation - not with a 'good effort' sticker and a pat on the back but with points that can amass to real life experiences such as a one on one session with a world-renowned artist or a trip to a film set.
British author and international advisor on education in the arts, Ken Robinson, has given a series of insightful TED Talks outlining the importance of the arts and the flaws in the current education system. In his book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything Robinson wrote, "The fact is that given the challenges we face, education doesn't need to be reformed -- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education, but to personalise it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions." This is a gap that School of Doodle naturally seems to fill.
This is the future of education, even if for now it's something to support the current system, not to replace it. School of Doodle is a platform that brings together things which really matter, providing tools to not only help towards the prospects of getting a job, but a community to ask, advise, support, create and exercise self-development on every level.
Sign up for School of Doodle here.
Text Lula Ososki