When Friedrich Froebel created the design-focused system of preschool education known as Kindergarten in Germany 180 years ago, he fundamentally changed the course of human history. Yet today, few people in the United States know his name, let alone the story of the rise and fall of his influence on the American education system.

Veteran Grand Rapids toy designer and international Froebel advocate Scott Bultman is out to change that. On April 12, 2017 at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD), Bultman will present the world premiere of an extended trailer for “The History of Kindergarten,” a documentary series he’s developing in collaboration with West Michigan visual communication company Match Frame Creative, that explores the role of Froebel’s revolutionary pedagogy in the evolution of education in America.

“Froebel invented Kindergarten, the first play-based system of education, and helped children develop design, creative problem solving, and critical thinking skills, because he saw those skills as fundamental to their success as adults, and to the success of society as a whole,” said Bultman.

The world premiere of the extended trailer for “The History of Kindergarten” will be held in room 217 of KCAD’s Woodbridge N. Ferris building (17 Pearl St. NW) on Wednesday, April 12 at 7pm. Admission is free, but those interested in attending are asked to register via Eventbrite.

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