“A bud unfolds into a blossom, but the boat which one teaches children to make by folding paper unfolds into a flat sheet of paper.”
This was a sentence that was discussed in a workshop I participated in recently and the following insights came from the participants:
– A bud is natural but the paper boat is man-made.– The bud unfolds by itself but the paper boat needs to be folded and unfolded.– It is easy for us to imagine that we are ‘doing’ something as we make the paper boat but there is nothing to ‘do’ for the bud unfolding.– In our schools we are making and unmaking paper boats without realising that the project of learning is about letting buds flower into blossoms.
I thought that the insights were very interesting. What do you think?