With a background in biology and more than twenty years working as a teacher I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the role of nature in education. As a biologist, I observed the principles of harmony, interdependence, diversity and adaptation, over and over again in the natural world. Everything is dependent on everything else; everything is part of a system.
Coronavirus has really brought this home to us. Contrary to what modern Western culture tells us to believe, we humans cannot survive as individuals. We too, are dependent on many other things – we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
My vision or ‘seed’, for Bloom was a strong feeling that education should have a bigger, overarching ideal for our young people. I can sum this up in one word: harmony. It already exists in the natural world and in the human heart, yet it is not evident in our schools.