SPARKS OF GENIUS
Look through these questions before the reading to prime your mind for learning. During or after reading, journal whatever thoughts come to mind. Or use these questions to get you started.
1. Where is there disconnect or fragmentation in our world? (The book mentions a couple, but you may think of more)
2. What does the warp and woof symbolize in the analogy?
(Also known as “warp and weft.” Warp refers to the threads running lengthwise in a woven fabric; woof refers to the threads running crosswise of the warp. They need each other to hold together as a fabric)
3. How can we reconnect fields of study and undo the fragmentation of knowledge?
CHAPTER 1: RETHINKING THINKING
1. How is thinking like cooking?
2. What is the focus of conventional education now? What do we need to shift our focus to?
3. What role do intuition, emotion or “gut feelings” play in the process of creation & discovery?
4. How can you develop and encourage the healthy use of intuition, emotion, and gut feelings, as you educate your child?
5. Have you ever had this experience of figuring something out intuitively, before working it out or proving it logically or with formulae? Have you had any other experiences with intuition?
6. How can you give your children a truly trans-disciplinary education (as opposed to teaching material divided into distinct subjects?
7. Can you think of a time you felt a hunger to know something or create something? Journal about the experience.
CHAPTER 2: SCHOOLING THE IMAGINATION
What is the difference between symbolic knowledge (The “City of Illusions”) and intuitive knowledge (The “City of Reality”)?
What “aha” moments, if any, did you have while reading the story of their friend John, who was top of their class?
Are both symbolic knowledge and intuitive knowledge equally important? Why or why not?
How do we merge the “City of Reality” and “City of Illusions” in our homeschools? Can you learn one first, and then the other? Or do you need to learn them at the same time?
PREFACE THROUGH CHAPTER 2
What is the main message of this introductory part of the book? If you had to state the theme in one word, what would it be?