"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Daily Life, 78 and Learning Link, 32

Thinking this morning about time, space and quiet.

Crucial to our well-being--even more crucial to being able to think clearly and to learn.

And yet...and yet, our school days are crammed past full, squeezed into small classroom spaces with one teeny opportunity at recess, to be out under the expansive sky....and of all things, school is not quiet.

Relatively quiet, yes.  Not deeply quiet.   Not the kind of quiet that extends long enough to allow for long periods of  what Mihaly Csikszentmihaly calls 'flow'---and musicians call 'the groove' or 'the pocket': utter focus on the creative activity at hand.  (Read more about Csikzentmihaly's work here.)

Just sayin'.

See you tomorrow.


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