Tuesday, December 7, 2010


12.07.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Symmetrical and 'lined' dual residences are interrupted by the free-form nature of the tree branches. The tree offers incompatible characteristics - on the one hand, it is an interruption, a barrier to the symmetry, the equality of the siding, windows, and awnings...on the other hand, there's something about the curves and non-symmetry of the tree that provides a sense of balance and satisfies the need for a 'groundedness.'

Listening to Kieran Egan, author of The Future of Education: Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up and his premise of three incompatible goals (social, academic, and developmental growth) for education, exposing the flaws of the current state of educational affairs. His writings and thoughts are aligned with many contemporary tenets of transform. His focus is on developing the 'only source of knowledge... the human mind' and the crucial nature of conversation for education.
His comments about textbooks and libraries and even teachers being 'coded' to provide the knowledge are important, but the code is not being deciphered to tap into the knowledge most of the time - instead the emphasis has been on knowing the code itself. Fascinating and thought-provoking...and now a description for my tree 'interruption'! :) Naples, FL

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