“The purpose of public education is helping people understand what it means to be free … What it means to be free is [to have] the capacity to exercise self control in finding and fulfilling [one’s] own unique purpose in life.”
He expounds on two false dichotomies that confound our best efforts to developing the ideal school and education system:
1) Freedom vs. Structure
2) Art vs. Science
“What would it take in order to strike the right balance between art and science in how we think about teaching and learning? …
Biologists would tell us that life – whether it is an ecosystem or a school system – is best organized by principles of ecology, not hierarchy
The Quantum Physicists would tell us that change – whether it’s a human being or an atomic particle – is best understood by principles of relationship, not force.
And we should take heed that freedom – whether it’s a teacher or a student –is best unleashed through simple shared structures, not unbounded prairies.”