To me, learning is like being blind in an enormous garden with many wild areas and some cleared out areas with paths. And teaching is knowing some area of the garden well enough that, although you too are a blind student who has explored only parts of the garden, you can lead other people to those parts and you can show them the most interesting plants and sculptures. You can bring their hands to the most illustrative parts of a statue so that, after a short time, they say “AH, I SEE, it’s just like the elephant stature over in that other section, except it’s bigger, and wearing pajamas, and eating peanutbutter and jelly.”  But I think the teaching-learning relationship is most effective when students get to Choose their own path through the garden as much as possible.  This site is an experiment which realizes this vision of education.

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