Caine is a boy from East LA that runs a cardboard arcade in his father’s auto parts store. When he first set up his arcade, he dreamed of having lots of customers play his on his homemade machines, but his father’s customers were not very open to playing in the arcade. Caine’s first customer, and the driving force behind this viral dream-come-true, was Nirvan Mullick. Nirvan happened to pass by the auto parts shop when he saw Caine’s arcade. Nirvan was impressed by the little boy’s creativity: Cain had implemented a ticket dispensing mechanism that consisted of crawling behind the cardboard machine and feeding tickets through a rectangular slit. He also had a working claw machine made up of a hook attached to a string which traveled along a track pad, and a security system featuring unique number codes inscribed in marker on each fun pass. Nirvan was so impressed he organized a flash mob of customers for Caine, an event that rounded up hundreds of people and ignited Caine’s online fame.
Although Caine’s innovative contraptions are clear examples of his intelligence, Caine doesn’t do well in school and struggles to sit down and do his homework. I feel like this is an example of a fundamental issue in many educational systems, a problem I described in my previous post. Educational systems concentrate only on a few aspects of the human intelligence. There are still so many other types of human intelligence and learning styles that are not emphasized in the typical school curriculum. It would shame me to believe that a brilliant child such as Caine may have been brought up feeling he was completely stupid because he does not do well in school. How can we be proud of our North American system of universal education when so many children are deprived of a true learning experience?
I’ll keep this post short, since I believe the linked documentary says so much more about the wonders of nurturing children successfully. Alas, I am not an educator by profession. Check out this blog post by a qualified educator to read more about the problems in the standard educational system.
Here’s a link to Caine’s official website, where you will find more information about Caine’s Arcade foundation.