Kieran Egan


On his book The Future of Education: Reimagining Our Schools from the Ground Up

Cover Interview of January 26, 2009

A close-up

The beginning of Chapter 3 begins to lay out a different way in which we can conceive of how students learn to make sense of the world and their experience, and then the rest of the chapter explores five kinds of understanding that we accumulate by learning to deploy sets of “cognitive tools.”  These yield what I call somatic, mythic, romantic, philosophic, and ironic forms of understanding.  That’s the total of the book’s jargon.  But these odd categories provide a new way of looking at how our minds can develop and find the world, as is only proper, emotionally and imaginatively engaging.