A quote for thought: learning as joy

“The thing that sets children apart from adults is not their ignorance, nor their lack of skills. It’s their enormous capacity for joy. Think of a 3-year-old lost in the pleasures of finding out what he can and cannot sink in the bathtub, a 5-year-old beside herself with the thrill of putting together strings of nonsensical words with her best friends, or an 11-year-old completely immersed in a riveting comic strip. A child’s ability to become deeply absorbed in something, and derive intense pleasure from that absorption, is something adults spend the rest of their lives trying to return to.”

Susan Engel, “Joy: A Subject Schools Lack,” in The Atlantic (2015)

Learning is hard to catch hold of (two quotations)

“We Western positivists tend to think of learning as that time when we stop our performance, assess how we’re doing, and then determine how we can improve. We may choose at that point not to change anything. But when we stop and reflect, we at best capture what we had already learned tacitly in the past. Our learning may be continuing beyond that point of capture.” ~~ Joseph A. Raelin, Work-Based Learning, p. 130

"Memory demands so much,
it wants every fiber
told and retold...

Leaf never before
seen or envisioned, flying spider
of rose-red autumn, playing
a lone current of undecided wind,
lift me with you, take me
off this ground of memory...

Take me flying before
you vanish, leaf, before
I have time to remember you,
intent instead on being
in the midst of that flight,
of those unforeseeable words."

~~ from Denise Levertov, "Memory demands so much"



Now available: The Plutarch Project Volume Five

The Plutarch Project Volume Five: Alexander and Timoleon, is now available on Amazon.com and on other sites such as Amazon.ca . The e-book is price-matched with the print book (that is, if you buy a print copy, you can also get the Kindle version for US.99).

As always, the studies, including text-only versions for student use, are also available on the AmblesideOnline website.