Thursday, July 26, 2007

The students in Jim Pesek's flute class at Clear Spring School are working on their second flutes with the intention of having them finished for tomorrow's show. The photo at left is a finished flute with buffalo effigy tuner. Two grey foxes have been showing themselves to the students regularly in the woods behind the woodshop. A good omen for delight in working with the hands and heart. Is there spirit in the work of the hands? There are many who would deny such things. There are some who argue that we need formal prayer in our schools, and the hands stilled and held in supplication. To them I suggest that the spirit of discovery required in eduction is not a matter of preaching, control and mindless recitation, but of the direct use of the hands to engage the heart in learning.

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