Head of a private K12 school, located in Moscow — European Gymnasium. We are a young vibrant school excited about implementing educational innovations from around the world.
My name is Ivan Bogantsev, and I am by all means not a professional educator, but rather an experienced outsider. Having received my Bsc in philosophy from London School of Economics and my Msc from École Normale Supèrieure, Paris, I went on to work for the Polytechnic museum in Moscow, gradually taking the role of Deputy Director for education. After eight years in the museum, in 2018 I found myself a director of a private K12 school in Moscow, European Gymnasium. This came to many (and myself!) as a surprise, given I have had no previous school experience. This did not prevent us, however, from launching an audacious reform aimed at reshaping all aspects of the school — educational programs, management, design and architecture. We are noe in the middle of such reform and I sincerely hope that my association with HundrED will both help us go through this turbulent period, and will allow others to learn from our experience.How can education support students to flourish?
I think the most important thing that a school should give to a child is a sense of purpose. Teachers should help students identify and develop their very personal talents, so that they embark on a life that is distinctively theirs. Conversely, the most pernicious thing a school may do is to allow a child be misled, succumbing to pressures of family, community or his/her peers.