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Chapter ThirteenA Better Model: The Natural Ecosystem of Learning

It is hard to find the good in West Texas, driving endless miles with nothing but long horizons on all points of the compass rose. Nothing lives on the brown expanse, nothing will grow here where the flats refuse to channel proper rivers and streams–nothing, that is, except mesquite trees with hundred-foot taproots and car-sized tumbleweeds that must steal moisture from wispy clouds that never seem to deliver even the promise of rain.

Small Last Picture Show towns dot West Texas where rare temporary rivers flow in the late summer or even rarer springs pound crystal clear water to the surface from some ancient aquifer–dots here and there on a barren map where native Americans ...

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