May 29, 2012

Death by Definition?

In the world of standards and the increasing need to document and define, what does Robert Pirsig's thoughts on Quality mean for us as teachers and for our students?
"Quality cannot be defined. If we do define it we are defining something less than Quality itself." Wikipedia
I can't get this quote/statment out of my head. Wondering if we are better off to lead by example than by definition or standard. Isn't that the danger of math that we boil everything down to well-defined rules and turn our classes into exercises in completing algorithms?

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