This order is all composed of movement and change, and although it is life, not art, we may fancifully call it the art form of the city and liken it to the dance — not to a simple-minded precision dance with everyone kicking up at the same time, twirling in unison and bowing off en masse, but to an intricate ballet in which the individual dancers and ensembles all have distinctive parts which miraculously reinforce each other and compose an orderly whole. (p50)
In the past several years I’ve gained a better appreciation of what art is. It says what language cannot. Art also ultimately reveals its medium more than itself. Complex Education cannot be put into words (or other measurements) exhaustively. And, I think when examined one of the outstanding aspects is its presence at different scales.
A dance, the type that Jacobs describes here, is a nice metaphor for the complex City. In education, the dynamic garden always seems to be a favorite metaphor for educators.
Learning is to Education as Wild is to a Garden.