Hmm. Prof. Bustillos is making us think really hard! First the issues surrounding copyright, now this provocative book. What, we’re supposed to think critically and be 21st-century learners just like our students?
I would say that the thesis statement of The Art of Possibility is this: ”It’s all invented anyway, so we might as well invent a story or a framework of meaning that enhances our quality of life and the life of those around us” (p.12). The idea is that our brains create connections between events in order to make sense out of them.
I believe that absolute truth exists, so I do not endorse this thesis statement per se. However, I do agree that in practice our perception of an event shapes what we consider to be reality.
I like the authors’ discussion about how when we labor in a world of measurement–where the goal is survival–we limit our possibilities and those of the people around us. I have recently come to realize that it is common for people who have been abused to be perfectionists. They also tend to be people-pleasers, caught in that invisible box that obscures the world of possibilities.
From a teaching standpoint, I really appreciated his point that the players (students) who appear to be the least engaged may actually just care the most about what they want to be doing/learning and so are the most disappointed (p.39). His point is well taken that we need to take the time to listen to the thoughts and opinions of our students and work to empower them to achieve what is meaningful to them.
Zander, R. S., & Zander, B. (2000). The art of possibility [Adobe Digital Editions].