Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Here is what we have learned so far. The brain is a complicated switching mechanism. But, every cell of the human body resonates with wisdom, memory, experience and intelligence. During the long history of human culture, from before Aristotle and Socrates, humans have attempted to disparage the works and wisdom of the the hands, as they denigrated the physical world and celebrated their illusions of the purely cerebral. As a simple consequence, we have pushed the planet to the edge of our destruction, concurrent with the scientific discovery of the true nature our physical reality and the sources of our intelligence. And so, it is time to put the body back at work, in learning, in schools and homes, putting the brain back in its place, releasing the hands from behind backs, from their positions folded on desks, to engage the world, sensing and exploring and creating. If you want to know how it works, please come visit us at the Clear Springs School or the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.

Today, the 5th and 6th grade students will be making sieves to use when they visit the Crater of Diamonds State Park. Maybe they will be lucky and find diamonds. But there are more certain riches here at home in the wood shop.

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