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Theme tune by David Vesey

This week my guest is Thomas Moore who gave a talk on "The Inner Landscape of the Educator in Difficult Times" in Marino Institute of Education earlier this year. Among the topics we discussed are:

  • How as a culture we prefer training to education and the differences between them
  • Where he would like education to take place
  • Why the colours, sounds, images and textures around you matter when you learn
  • Source of curriculum: What does it mean to be an educated person?
  • What it requires of each of us to be human, to be good citizens
  • The spiritual nature of humans in our search for meaning
  • Having students go on a “pilgrimage” back to their childhood to get in touch with their essential selves
  • Aspects of spirituality religions have traditionally ignored in their emphases on dogmatism and moralism
  • Exploring basic questions through literature and the arts

He referred to Homer’s Odyssey, Horton Foote's play The Trip to Bountiful, and the poets Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens and John Keats.

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