|Michelangelo saw and angel trapped within.|
Creative teachers have the ‘David Factor!’
I have a habit of collecting articles or quotes that have particular interest to me. This web log is a way to share them.
An editorial by Arnold Bonnet called ‘The Shape Inside the Stone’, in an ‘Education Horizon’ magazine (Volume 7 2002), really appealed to me. For those who missed it what follows are the ideas Arnold shared.
‘In the museum of the Academy of Florence, there is a passage leading to Michelangelo’s magnificent statue of the young David. On either side of the passage stand four large blocks of marble and from each, a heavy shape emerges, roughly carved and unfinished. They are Michelangelo’s ‘Prisoners’.
Arnold sees these forms evoking the meaning of education. ‘Each human being arrives in this world trapped in a block of marble and it is the job of the educators – parents and teachers- to free the individual from the imprisoning stone and reveal its true form without disfiguring or damaging it.’
Creative teachers have, what I like to call, the ‘David factor’.
What we need, as we enter the first decades of the 21stC, are teachers with the courage and creativity to see new possibilities – the ‘David factor!’
And we need a Minister of education who has the courage to create a ‘risk friendly’ learning culture that trusts school to encourage potential Michelangelos - at the moment we have the exact opposite!
Our collective future depends on developing such student’s and teacher’s talents.