Friday, November 5, 2010

Teaching Science & Art

In February of 2002, Mae Jemison gave a TED Talk about the importance of teaching the arts and sciences together. She started with three quotes. The one that caught my attention was by Zora Neale Hurston from IN DUST TRACKS ON A ROAD: "Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with purpose."

Four years later, Tony Robbins gave a talk at TED looking at why we do what we do. In it he mentions "the science of achievement" and "the art of fulfillment". I had never heard those expressions.

Taking the two ideas from Jemison and Robbins, I am beginning to craft a training model, a curriculum of sorts, on how to teach Dream Fulfillment. This "poking and prying with purpose" is where practice and passion are realized. [Enough P's for you?]

I want to ensure that youth life coaches take a class on The Science of Achievement and one on The Art of Fulfillment. The fun part is structuring the reading and assignments. What do you think should be included on the syllabi?