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The Power of Spirit by Harrison Owen

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chapter 2Chaos and Learning

THE SUGGESTION THAT CHAOS AND LEARNING are naturally linked, and more, that one forms the essential precondition of the other, may appear nothing short of lunacy. Do we not know, as only countless hours in the schoolroom can teach, that learning requires order? What else does the teacher do but maintain order in the classroom so that learning may take place?25

But do we not also know, as only a squirming fifth grader can know, that such order, even in mild doses (to say nothing of extreme application), can become exquisitely boring? Boring to the point that learning and boredom are often equated. It somehow seems that if we are not painfully bored, we can’t be learning.

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